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Chamber Members Across the Province Feel Governments Should be Responsible for the Churchill Rail Line.

Chuck Davidson


In this weeks Biz Newsletter the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce reported the results of their survey of members across the province on the Churchill rail line closed by spring flooding.  In response to their question who should pay for repairs for the rail line to Churchill 58 percent of members responding said a combination of federal and provincial governments, 25 percent private investment or a new owner, 17 percent present owners Omnitrax and 0 percent for the government of Canada or government of Manitoba.


Last week Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Chuck Davidson along with Board member Merv Gunter met with business owners and local government officials in Churchill to hear first hand the challenges facing the community and business owners. The Chamber has requested a meeting with Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen to discuss establishment of a fund that could be utilized to offset the increased costs business owners are experiencing as a result of the loss of the rail line.

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