ASHTON: TIME TO NATIONALIZE PORT OF CHURCHILL

Thompson - In response to the Federal announcement of economic development dollars for Churchill and the surrounding area, MP Niki Ashton indicated that while federal action is long overdue, nationalization is key to the long term viability of the port and railway.

"The federal government stepped up after two months with short term measures. These are useful. But we need long term support and that means nationalizing the Port of Churchill."

The Minister of Industry indicated that he would be having various meetings and conversations while in Churchill.

"Key community leaders and stakeholders are calling for nationalization. We know the privatization experiment failed, it's time to develop a model that benefits our North and Canada as a whole."