Item 3: Why were rural communities excluded from the consultation process?

Item 3: Please provide minutes of meetings, emails and documents that justifies excluding the rural communities from the consultation process. Please provide a list of all rural politicians that were invited to any of the information meetings.

Why does it matter?

The Special Advisor’s Report on High Speed Rail was published in December 2016. There is no reference at all to rural communities and the impact on farmland. We wanted to know why there was no consultation since rural communities will be negatively affected by HSR.

The Government’s Response

R1 – This is a list of attendees invited to Rural Engagement Meetings. The meeting were scheduled for late 2017 and early 2018, after the Special Advisor’s report was released and the bidder’s package for the study of the EA was completed, and long after the Minister restricted the EA. This report does not answer our question.

R2_Redacted – This is a list of names without any explanation or dates and is meaningless. This report does not answer our question.

R3 – This is a copy of 23 form letters (all the same) that were sent to various politicians in December 2015. There is no record of any response from those on the list. This report does not answer our question.

R4 – This is a copy of 12 form letters (all the same as R3) that were sent to various First Nations in December 2015. This report does not answer our question.

R5 – Another 51 form letters (all the same as R3) that were sent to various politicians in December 2015. There is no record of any response from those on the list. This report does not answer our question.

R6 – Another 50+ form letters (all the same as R3) that were sent to various politicians in December 2015. There is no record of any response from those on the list. This report does not answer our question.

R7 – Another 6 form letters (all the same as R3) that were sent to various Boards of Trade and Chamber of Commerce in December 2015. This report does not answer our question.

R8_Redacted – A list of acceptance emails. This report does not answer our question.

Some names of local politicians are provided for the information sessions but no names are provided for the consultation process. It appears that no local politicians or residents were ever consulted before the Special Advisor’s report was released.