Up to province to look af­ter rail­road: Raitt

Not un­der her ju­ris­dic­tion, says fed­eral min­is­ter

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment will have no in­volve­ment in the fu­ture of the rail­way in Cape Bre­ton, fed­eral Trans­port Min­is­ter Lisa Raitt con­firmed on Wed­nes­day.

Although she helped fa­cil­i­tate a meet­ing of in­ter­ested par­ties last year, Raitt said the pos­si­ble clo­sure of the Cape Bre­ton sec­tion of the Cape Bre­ton and Cen­tral Nova Sco­tia Rail­way does not come un­der her ju­ris­dic­tion.

“It’s a pro­vin­cial rail­way,” said Raitt. (The province is) look­ing at it. It’s not some­thing that’s on my desk — I have no an­nounce- ments re­gard­ing that rail­way this trip home.”

In Syd­ney on Wed­nes­day to make an an­nounce­ment of fund­ing for the air­port, Raitt is re­main­ing in town to­day to make an in­fra­struc­ture an­nounce­ment on be­half of De­nis Lebel, min­is­ter of in­fra­struc­ture, com­mu­ni­ties and in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal af­fairs.

Ge­ne­see and Wy­oming Inc., the rail line owner, wants to aban­don the Cape Bre­ton sec­tion of the line but the com­pany can’t ap­ply to do that un­til Fe­bru­ary. Con­cern has been raised in the com­mu­nity that a lack of rail ser­vice could ham­per fu­ture de­vel­op­ment ef­forts on the is­land.

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