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Transport Minister Garneau says Ottawa’s ‘interested’ in potential benefits from West Coast high-speed rail proposal

By Jolson Lim      

Marc Garneau also addresses questions on federal zero-emissions vehicle policy, modernizing the country's port authority system, and investments in improving trade routes in the North.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, pictured in this file photograph on the Hill, says Ottawa is 'interested' in the potential benefits associated with the Washington State High-Speed Rail that may connect the Lower Mainland to the American Northwest. In addition, he says he anticipates Transport Canada to address more outstanding Transportation Safety Board recommendations in 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he expects a report from a government-struck task force on school bus safety to be available before he meets with provincial and territorial transport ministers in the spring.

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