As Canada continues to grow, its railway infrastructure must grow along with it, facilitating the motion of the country’s increasing population and goods. How we rely on that transportation will shape the growth of our province and country in the future.
Concerns such as environmental impacts, economic viability, property rights, Indigenous rights, and areas of anticipated growth need to be considered and worked out during railway infrastructure’s development and lifetime.
Large infrastructure projects can be an asset because of the creation of new jobs and the increase in commerce as a result of heavier traffic. The modernisation of Canada’s rail systems is an ongoing project for successive governments, who each have their own priorities. Although projects may tout the benefits of attracting tourism, immigration, and investment, the political willingness to complete a project may only see a short window. Here, the motives of the government, the public, and various stakeholders must align long enough to see a project through. Unfortunately, this means many projects end up stalling or never making it past an election cycle.
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