This letter is to express our passionate support for a fixed link (tunnel) joining Newfoundland with the rest of North America.
We saw the idea being initiated by the Frank Moores administration, including the blasting on Yankee Point.
It was deemed too costly at that time and plans were put aside. Now, after all these years, the fixed link is doable and affordable.
All we have to do is copy what has been successfully accomplished by other small countries such as Norway.
In Norway, tunnels are constructed by the hundreds, including over 30 undersea tunnels. Some are longer than what we would need to connect the Strait of Belle Isle with Labrador.
On Oct. 23, a group of locals from the Northern Peninsula attended a meeting with former MHA Danny Dumaresque about the tunnels that he recently saw while on tour in Norway. He was able to visit tunnels currently being built and put the tunnel as No. 1 on his platform for the Liberal leadership.
We are calling on the successful Liberal leadership candidate, plus the present administration, to make this the No. 1 issue in their campaign.
The linking of Newfoundland to Labrador and the rest of America would be the top nation-builder in Canada and would compete with all that Joey Smallwood started in 1949.
The cost of a double tunnel is approximately $500 million and could be paid for by the federal government using the subsidies paid out to Marine Atlantic yearly and would be the most important issue for the cost of living in Newfoundland and Labrador, the tourism industry and for all industries.
We call on all community leaders and everyone on both sides of the Straits to make this their top priority and insist on your elected officials making it happen.