Railway refurbishing will be costly, futile

Re: Liberals can save rail, win NDP votes, Guest Comment, Dec. 3.

To the Editor,

Re: Liberals can save rail, win NDP votes, Guest Comment, Dec. 3.

How desperate can the Vancouver Island railway supporters be to get the funds from the provincial government?

NDP voters will no more switch allegiances than vote for higher taxes to pay for government services. It is obvious that George Mortimore likes the NDP, wants the rail line to be reopened at phenomenal cost for very little payback.

The only people making money will be the contractors who will refurbish the line, the suppliers who will provide the materials and in the short term the workers who will get paid to do the actual work.

After all is finished, then the taxpayers will be stuck with the ongoing bills of maintenance, etc.

And remember the refurbishing does not include all of the trestles on the Island. That is a multi-million dollar job.

J. Sharpe

Nanaimo