Railways 101

Canada’s railways as recovery partners: private and public sectors can work together to help ‘roar back’ from COVID shocks

Whenever I am asked about my job and why I am passionate about what I do, it inevitably comes down to one thing: it’s the people.

It’s the tens of thousands of railroaders across Canada who work around the clock each and every day to keep trains running and to support Canadians’ daily lives. Their work is challenging, and it is vital. Rarely has it been more so than over the last few months.

I am thankful for the recent opportunity to write an iPolitics piece about the role that railroaders have played in Canada’s COVID response, and the role we can play in Canada’s recovery. In short, I believe our future depends on rail’s continued sustainability.

We have overcome some major obstacles in the last year to post some impressive records hauls. But we can do so much more with the right supports and the right decisions, right now.

We will have more to say on that in the coming weeks and months as we make our case to governments and to policy- and decision-makers at all levels.

Suffice it to say that none of what we do would be possible without Canadian railroaders. I hope you will join me in thanking each and every one of them.