Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Develop Funding Plan to Help Greyhound, NDP Leader Singh Urges Trudeau

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Develop Funding Plan to Help Greyhound, NDP Leader Singh Urges Trudeau

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NDP urging Trudeau to help Greyhound

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OTTAWA - Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the Liberal government to come up with a way to keep Greyhound buses on Canadian highways and servicing remote northern communities.

In a letter to Justin Trudeau. Singh urges the prime minister to take "immediate action" and develop a funding plan that would prevent Greyhound from shutting down crucial routes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, northwestern Ontario and rural British Columbia.

"This federal funding plan must ensure there is no interruption or reduction in bus service, so no community is left stranded," Singh writes in the letter released Wednesday.

He also urges Trudeau to enlist the help of impacted provinces and municipalities in coming up with the plan.

Greyhound Canada announced Monday that its cutting its passenger and delivery services in those regions, triggering outrage and apprehension among rural and First Nations communities that rely heavily on the company's long-ubiquitous coaches and shipping services.

The company is blaming a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the growth of new low-cost airlines, regulatory constraints and the continued growth of car ownership.

Singh said the cancellations -- only the latest in Greyhound's steady string of service reductions -- would create a massive gap in transit services and make it all but impossible for many to access to jobs, health care, education, family and public services.

He also urged Trudeau to listen to those worried about safety, citing the notorious stretch of B.C. highway known as the Highway of Tears, a region where many Indigenous women have gone missing.

"If your government does not intervene to ensure service continues, you will be increasing these perilous conditions that put so many Indigenous women and girls in danger. …

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