(The following is a letter addressed to The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of Transportation, and Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre.)
Thank you for your letter of Oct. 5, 2012 regarding VIA.
We will address a few of your comments.
“VIA Rail will work with GO to make the transition smooth...” There is currently no GO service to VIA stations in London, St. Marys or Stratford. As a result, there ultimately will be no “smooth transition” for passengers rejected by VIA and the federal government.
“Business decisions that meet the best needs of the company...” It seems to me VIA should be focussing on the customer. Without customers, there will be no company!
“This is responsible, efficient use of taxpayer dollars...” and “...deploy that investment in a sensible manner...”
Cutting mass transit and putting more vehicles on the road is not an efficient use of taxpayer dollars nor is it using an investment in a sensible manner. There will be more taxpayers on the road stuck in road congestion. We don’t see how that is an efficient use of taxpayer dollars. If you wish, we could offer other suggestions that might be better uses of taxpayer dollars.
My dad, an RAF veteran of WWII, had many favourite expressions. We believe one would fit here: “It may be so but I don’t know. It sounds almighty queer. Go tell those jokes to other folks; that BS don’t so here.”
We apologize for the grammatical errors. My father was a very smart man but seems to have taken some liberties with the English language relative to this expression.
It is our hope that the VIA president, board and MPs who support VIA cuts will “come to their senses.”
Chris West, St. Marys