Augiust 16, 1991 - Order-in-Council - 1480 - Authority for the sale of the CNR Railway Station in Aurora, Ontario to GO Transit.
January 18, 1991 - Canadian National Railways Act - Approval of the entry into a sales agreement between Via Rail Canada Inc., Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Limited of the Ottawa Station Building.
The CN Commercialization Act of 1995 led to the demise of Canada's first Crown corporation, a major industry that throughout its history employed thousands of Canadians.
The mega-corporation is constantly removing railway lines, and train stations have been re purposed, abandoned or demolished...The other day, I saw a photograph in the newspaper of a train station being hauled away on a flatbed truck to a new location. At least the building was not vandalized, set on fire or left to rot (CN offered to give the Grand Trunk Railway Station in Kingston, Ontario to the City of Kingston, but the offer was turned down.)
Via Rail recently built a new station in Smiths Falls.
|A Via Rail "stationette" in Smiths Falls, Ontario.|
|Via is selling four acres of land surrounding the Halifax station.|
|The Thunder Bay, Ontario train station.|
During the early 1970's I bought a CNR railway pass for only $120 dollars. The trip was unforgettable; my fellow travelers and I sang; knitted; talked endlessly; ate cheese sandwiches, granola (horse food) and potato chips; wrote letters and marveled at the scenery. I find it difficult to accept the fact that Bill Gates is a major CN Rail shareholder. Bill Gates even has the gall to appear on television programs and boast about how much he has profited from his investment. Our ancestors built the railway, physically and with their tax dollars. He, and Prince al Waleed bin Talal and Carl Icahn must think that Canadians are fools, to let a treasure like the CNR fall into their greedy hands.