Stetski calls for a solution to the CP Rail/Kicking Horse Canyon rafting conflict

Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski has joined his voice to the chorus if protests decrying CP Rail’s refusal to allow Golden’s professional rafters to cross its rail line in the Kicking Horse River Canyon.

Rising in the House of Commons, Stetski said: “Mr. Speaker, after 40 years of successful and safe operations, the rafting industry in Golden, BC has been notified that, due to safety concerns, they will no longer be allowed to cross Canadian Pacific Railway’s tracks to access the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River.”

The NDP MP noted that the rafting industry is a major economic driver in Golden and community and industry leaders believe that a simple rail crossing can be god for everyone.

“But now CP is refusing to allow any kind of crossing at all,” he said. “Mr. Speaker, CP can’t have it both ways. They can’t insist that the tracks are unsafe to cross, and then refuse to make the crossing safer. To make matters worse, this news comes just before the start of the rafting season. Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to stand with Golden’s rafting industry and to call on the government to get this issue resolved now.”

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