CanWest News reported yesterday that federal MPs are headed to Washington to find out more about the Obama administration’s high-speed rail plans:
A foreign fact-finding mission this month by a four-party delegation from Parliament will raise the profile of high-speed rail in the political agenda with a general election looming on the horizon, federal MPs say.
Representatives from the Conservative government and the opposition parties will travel to New York and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20 for a few days to ride the national Amtrak passenger service’s Acela Express in a bid to find out more about the U.S. high-speed rail plans. They will also meet with officials from President Barack Obama’s administration.
Unreported was the fact that the Conservative MPs who sit on the parliamentary transport committee, Mervin Tweed and Brian Jean, represent the largely rural ridings of Brandon-Souris and Fort McMurray-Athabasca. I’m sure they have a terribly keen interest in mass transit and high-speed rail.