Railroad of the people

If the CPR, with its tax breaks and its profits and its millionaire CEO don’t want to maintain jobs, Canada should foreclose.

If the CPR, with its tax breaks and its profits and its millionaire CEO don’t want to maintain jobs, then the Government of Canada should foreclose. They should take the railway over, and hand it to the workers to run.

Our railways were stolen from us during the Brian Mulroney era. The people who own them now are not the same people who helped build this country. These people, the major shareholders, are profiteers who don’t give one stinking darn if people lose their jobs. They’re only interested in feathering their own nests.

The deal was the railroads got land and the right to do business and transport goods in exchange for providing the people of this country with inexpensive passenger service. It’s time we force them to revert to that deal. They’ve sold off the land we gave them and made billions. They continue to make billions, and can afford to pay their upper staff outrageous salaries.

Their railroads run through Our Land, Our Country, Our Cities, Our Towns. We pay for them, in land, in infrastructure, in transport fees, in tax cuts. These railroads rightly belong to us. If their operators don’t want to do their jobs and gainfully employ the people of this country, then it’s their operators who should be put out of work, not the men and women who do the real work. And the railroads should be returned to the people.

Will Webster

Nelson