Letter: Today is National Railway Day in Canada | So Good News

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November 7 marks the day when, in 1885, the last spike of CPR was driven into the ground in B.C.

Today is National Railway Day, which was first recognized by the Government of Canada in 2010.

Today, the moment commemorates the last summit of the Canadian Pacific Railway on this date in 1885 (in Craigellachie, BC), and marks the fulfillment of the promise to British Columbia that gave impetus to the confederation that created our great nation.

On behalf of myself and the tens of thousands of railway workers in Canada and those who went before us, I want to remind Canadians on this occasion and hope that our contribution to Canada will not go unnoticed this November 7th.

National Railway Day has political, environmental and economic aspects. Our government leveraged the railroad business to create this nation, and it was once one of the most important industries in our history, touching the lives of many people in Canada.

We continue to move people, resources and finished goods efficiently. Personally, I believe that rail will ultimately prove to be the least environmentally damaging mode of transportation available, and with advanced technology, trains will be prominently positioned to make greenhouse gas reduction policies a reality while continuing to move our economy.

Happy National Railway Day.

David Clifford

Sudbury, ON

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