NEWS: NDP calls on government to fund VIA rail to make rail transport accessible
March 23rd, 2007 - 7:51pm
BURNABY, B.C. - NDP MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), critic for persons with disabilities, welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court today to oblige VIA rail to provide an accessible transportation system.
“This is a clear indication that there is an obligation to make Canada’s passenger rail system accessible to the five million Canadians with disabilities. It provides an obligation to reverse the neglect of the previous Liberal governments. The NDP is very pleased with the decision of the Supreme Court.”
Julian called upon the federal government to provide funding to Via Rail to enable the company to meet the costs and allow the kind of accessibility that is needed, as required by the Supreme Court judgment.
“This would amount at most to $1.50 per Canadian with disabilities per month” said Julian.