VIA Rail jobs must stay in Canada

VIA Rail, a crown corporation largely subsidized by Canadian taxpayers, recently announced plans to award large contracts to foreign multinational corporations.  As a result, hundreds of Canadians are losing their jobs to companies with little to no vested interest in Canada.

Let the federal government know that you think federal tax dollars should be supporting Canadian jobs. 

Sign this petition to Transport Minister Marc Garneau and your local Member of Parliament to tell them to fight to keep VIA jobs in Canada.

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The Message:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-996-7267

Dear Minister Garneau,

I am writing to urge you to take immediate action to protect Canadian jobs at VIA Rail Canada, a crown corporation subsidized by Canadian taxpayers. Hundreds of Canadian workers are losing their jobs as VIA seeks to contract out their work to foreign multinational companies. As you know, this federal crown corporation gets most of its funding from Canadian taxpayers. VIA recently announced plans to contract out work to an American company called Aramark. A German company is now the top pick for the upcoming fleet renewal project, even though Siemens has no vested interest in Canada. Siemens and its subsidiaries earned nearly $30 billion last year and Aramark and its subsidiaries earned more than $19 million in 2017.

I believe VIA should be creating jobs in Canada and building a national rail service that Canadians can be proud of, rather than sending work overseas to Germany.

VIA has been dismantled piece by piece over the last 40 years, resulting in slower economic growth with no commitment by the government to expand national passenger rail services. Instead, we have seen devastating service reductions across Canada

Federal tax dollars must be invested to keep jobs in Canada.

I urge you to develop a national transportation strategy with supporting legislation for VIA to promote a safe, affordable, accessible and environmentally friendly transportation system from coast to coast to coast.


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  • Marc Garneau Federal Minster of Transport