Feds and New Owners Celebrate Official Announcement of Churchill Deal

048As 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.

The Forks was host to Friday’s official announcement of the new deal.

Minister Jim Carr details the importance of the new deal and federal commitment to get it done.

Provincial Deputy Minister James Wilson, Western Diversification Director Lorne Pelletier, Chuck Davidson and Artic Gateway Group partner Murad Al-Katib share thoughts after the announcement.

Churchill Mayor Mike Spence details the past 18 months since the line was closed and the toll it played in his community.

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.

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