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Fedeli and Vanthof clash over rail passenger service reappearing in Northern Ontario

Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof says the Ford government plan to restore passenger rail service for Northern Ontario is starting to take the form of an unfulfilled election promise.

However, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli disagrees.

Fedeli says the Tories still have two-and-a-half years to deliver on their promise and he believes transferring the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission to the Ministry of Transportation will make the promise a reality.

Vanthof acknowledges the move to the MTO could very well result in a return of passenger rail service but he says nothing has happened to date adding the move is something the Ford government is only contemplating at this time.

“It’s an announcement of an announcement of maybe someday of an announcement,” Vanthof said.

Vanthof says northerners should worry when the Tories make an announcement because there’s proof that they don’t follow through.

“Just look at what’s happening elsewhere in the province,” he said.

by Rocco Frangione, staff Friday, Jan. 3rd, 2020 My North Bay now
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