As he took the podium to host the federal government and Arctic Gateway Group, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) president and CEO Chuck Davidson pointed out that those gathered were part of a celebration.
That celebration has been a long time coming for those who joined him at the news conference, but more so for the residents of Northern Manitoba, and more specifically resident of Churchill.
This past Friday (Sept. 14) morning, MCC, at the request of the federal Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr, officially introduced the new ownership group of the rail line to Churchill and all assets previously controlled by the previous owner. The federal government is spending $117 million to help facilitate the deal, and Minister Carr told those in attendance the collaboration has historical significance and excitement for the future.
Dating back to the closure of the port in 2016, MCC has been a strong proponent of a sustained, long-term plan for Churchill. This official announcement of this deal is a strong first step forward for the new owners and the people of the region.