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NDP leader urges Trudeau to develop funding plan to help Greyhound

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WATCH ABOVE: People living in rural communities across western Canada are asking some tough questions after Greyhound decided to end service this fall. As Tom Vernon explains, many communities rely on the line as a link to larger centres.

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WATCH ABOVE: People living in rural communities across western Canada are asking some tough questions after Greyhound decided to end service this fall. As Tom Vernon explains, many communities rely on the line as a link to larger centres.



The federal NDP is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to develop a funding plan that would preserve Greyhound Canada’s bus routes in northern communities.

In a letter being released Wednesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh asks Trudeau to take “immediate action” and stop the cancellation of crucial bus routes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, northwestern Ontario and rural British Columbia.

READ MORE: Greyhound Canada to end routes in Prairies, B.C.

Greyhound Canada announced Monday that its cutting its passenger and delivery services in those regions, prompting outrage among rural and First Nations communities that rely heavily on the service.

Singh says a federal funding plan must ensure there’s no interruption or reduction in bus service so no community is left “stranded.”

READ MORE: Loss of Greyhound bus service makes some rural areas ‘feel cut off’

He’s asking Trudeau to enlist the help of provinces and affected municipalities to develop the plan.

Singh says the cancellations, the most recent in a string of service reductions, would create a massive gap in transit services and cut off Canadians from jobs, health care, education, family and public services.

READ MORE: Is public transportation a human right? How to fill Greyhound’s gap

Transport Canada says Greyhound Canada operates on a commercial basis with no support from the federal government, and that there are no existing federal programs that would subsidize a private intercity bus carrier.

READ MORE: Ontario bus service to pick up in Manitoba where Greyhound leaves off

On Tuesday, a bus and cargo service in northwestern Ontario plans to offer service to Manitoba communities that will be cut off when Greyhound pulls out.

Kasper Wabinski told Global News his company will be ready to pick up where Greyhound leaves off with an immediate goal of filling the route between Winnipeg and Thompson.

— With a file from Global News

© 2018 The Canadian Press


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