Monday, June 28, 2010

Advocates: Canada HSR a G20 laggard

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Amid the high-profile meeting of the G20 nations in Toronto during the weekend, High Speed Rail Canada said Monday it has reviewed all the Group of 8 (G8) and G20 countries and their high speed rail systems and plans, and found that Canada trails the pack in many respects.

“After reviewing the G8 countries high speed rail systems, it is a fact that Canada is only country that does not have a high speed rail system,” the group said in a release Monday. “After reviewing the G20 countries high speed rail systems, Canada is one of only four countries that does not have a high speed rail system. Further, Canada is the only G20 government that has not committed to building a high speed rail system in the last 10 years.”

Lamented Paul Langan, the group’s founder, “The federal Conservative government has no national policy or plan on passenger rail. The end result of this debacle is that Canada's passenger rail system is 30 years behind the rest of the modern world.”

The group’s complete analysis of the situation is available at http://highspeedrail.ca.