Railway study remains stagnant

Canadian Chamber of Commerce chair Sean Finn wears two hats. When he is not championing Canadian business, he works as CN’s senior vice…

Canadian Chamber of Commerce chair Sean Finn wears two hats.

When he is not championing Canadian business, he works as CN’s senior vice president.

The railway connection came up during Tuesday’s Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting.

The Yukon/Alaska railway feasibility study is a “good beginning,” said Finn.

“But we’re a far cry from looking at it in terms of whether it can be financed.”

It’s still very preliminary, he said.

“And I think that you’re better off studying it right and making sure there is potential there, and also that you picked the right footprint.”

CN used to run to Churchill, Manitoba, said Finn.

“We’ve operated railways in the North and there’s no doubt it can be done,” he said.

“The issue is making sure the governments, the shippers, the business community, the stakeholders and the communities at large are behind it.” (GK)