Stopping in Sherbrooke on Tuesday as a part of a tour of municipalities across Quebec, Federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh announced that, if elected this fall, his party will commit to funding the passenger rail link between Sherbrooke and Montreal. “A New Democratic Government will ensure that there is a train between Sherbrooke and Montreal,” Singh said, explaining that the federal funding for the project, the total cost of which has been estimated at $300 million, will be drawn from an envelope of $15 billion the party is committing to infrastructure work focused on fighting climate change. “It is clear that the environment is a priority for us and for the people of Quebec,” the party leader said. “It is something very important and we need to act.” The project supported by the NDP aims to connect Sherbrooke to Montreal with stops in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Farnham, Bromont, and Magog and has already received the support of those municipalities. A trip will cost an estimated $46 and should take the same time as a car trip, without any traffic. See full story in the Wednesday, July 17 edition of The Record.
By Gordon Lambie