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Public transit in crisis

By Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May      

When we talk about transportation, we need to apply a climate and a social justice lens. Safe, reliable, convenient, zero-carbon public transit, whether for urban or rural Canadians, is within our reach, writes Green MP Elizabeth May

In 2016, a very disturbing recommendation was made by the Canada Transportation Act Review, chaired by David Emerson, pictured. Among many recommendations was the proposal to eliminate VIA Rail’s transcontinental lines, reducing service to only the Windsor-Quebec corridor. In the context of loss of bus service, this is a non-starter. No modern society should kill its passenger rail service, Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

Greens have long called for significant investments in public transit. The reasons are obvious. Transportation, movement of goods and people, is a huge chunk of Canada’s contribution to global warming. Second only to oil and gas, transportation at 186 megatonnes is 25.5 per cent of our total emissions (729 MT in 2018, the last year for which figures are available).  

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