Alan Tonks tables motion for e-trains. In 2011.

Alan Tonks, the MP for York South–Weston, has tabled a private member’s bill that would call the federal government to look into the benefits of electric commuter trains.

When he spoke in the House to table Bill C-614, Tonks said,

This particular issue is with respect to a transportation strategy that has evolved, which has resulted in huge concerns in York South—Weston and throughout the Georgetown corridor with the Weston subdivision. Its development is so close to those railway lines that issues of safety, noise, environmental pollution and quality of health has now stood in the way of it moving ahead in a progressive way with respect to using rail corridors to relieve the congestion that exists in urban areas. This is not just in southern Ontario, this is a situation that exists right across the country.

This initiative calls upon the Minister of Transport to meet with his provincial counterparts and look at the potential that exists for the electrification of urban commuter rail operations.

Tonks has come to love electric trains rather late. While he has apparently had a change of heart, Tonks supported the diesel Air Rail Link between at least 2002 and 2006.

While today’s motion was adopted, private member’s bills rarely become law.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.