Del Mastro has key meeting with CP Rail execs
July 9, 2008
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MP Dean Del Mastro (Rail Caucus Chair) and MP James Rajotte
(Edmonton-Leduc, Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
Chair) met with key CP Rail executives on Monday July 7 in the
refurbished Royal Canadian Pacific (circa 1920s) passenger train between
Calgary and Edmonton.
"There is a nostalgia that surrounds the railway in Canada, after all
our country's confederation was literally built with rail lines that
tied together east and west," says MP Del Mastro.
"It seems only fitting that discussions around the future of rail
transportation in Canada take place aboard a train that reminds us of
that history as we look forward to the incredible development
opportunities that lie before us."
The CP representatives included president and CEO Fred Green,
vice-president of government affairs Michael Murphy, VP of strategy and
external affairs Jane O'Hagan, assistant VP of grain marketing and sales
Michael Adams and director of government affairs Robert Taylor.
Coincidentally, discussions revealed that Fred Green's first account as
an account manager was Quaker Oats now operating in Peterborough as
The topics of the discussions ranged from the current rail
transportation environment, to future opportunities as well as obstacles
faced by the industry and CP Rail. The meetings gave MP Del Mastrol an
opportunity to discuss the redevelopment of the Havelock Sub-Route which
connects the Peterborough riding to the main national or class 1 rail
The group also discussed the necessity and opportunities that exist for
government partnership with the various short-line operators for
redevelopment and refurbishment of all Ontario short-line rail networks
as championed by the Rail Association of Canada.
Industry chair James Rajotte highlighted that "the environment,
logistical and economic benefits of Canada's rail industry are
"Whether we are looking at building a stronger and leading economy or
dramatically reducing emissions and logistical demand for personal
transportation or the shipment of goods, Canada's rail network is poised
to play a substantial role in Canada's future as it has in shaping
Canada's unique history," he says.
MP Del Mastro's grandfather Arcangelo was hired by CP Rail in 1927 upon
his immigration from Italy to Canada. Stationed in Britt, Ontario near
Parry Sound, he later transferred to Toronto where he remained with the
company until his mandatory retirement at the age of 70. His travel from
the piers in Halifax to the shores of Lake Huron in Northern Ontario
took place aboard perhaps the very Montreal built rail cars that now
comprise the Royal Canadian Pacific train.
"My grandfather committed his working life to the well-being of the
Canadian Pacific Railway," says MP Del Mastro.
"He simply loved the railway. My work as Chair of the Rail Caucus and in
the redevelopment of the Havelock sub-route is something that would make
him very proud. Riding on the rails aboard the Royal Canadian Pacific
was very much a full-circle experience as well as an exciting
opportunity to take part in."
MP Del Mastro has invited the President and CEO Fred Green to visit
Peterborough in the near future as well as any members of his executive
and government relations team.