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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.

Wallace Maynard

Samuel Hoddinott

Hawke’s Bay

Organizations: Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Norway, Yankee Point America Canada

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  • Jr. Myers
    November 20, 2013 - 15:29

    This idea needs to talked about with our federal government The savings of a tunnel over the never ending upgrades needed to Marine Atlantic.. It is doable and with our connections to Norway the Norwegians no how can be done affordably..

  • James
    November 20, 2013 - 15:12

    I wish people would stop trying to mimic projects in European Countries. Just because it worked in "Norway" does not mean it will work here in NORTH AMERICA!

  • Tony Rockel
    November 20, 2013 - 14:43

    With the money that's being wasted on the Muskrat Falls obscenity we could have a tunnel AND a rail link that would cross the island , carry cars, and bring us into the 21st Century. Instead we're being ruled like a bunch of peasants under the thumb if an out of control government whose sole mission is to pander to a super wealthy elite who couldn't care less about the rest of us.

  • Redgrave
    November 20, 2013 - 10:07

    The idealistic thoughts of a link with the mainland is incredible--unfortunately, it's only doable in a place that's far from populated civilization. Historically, tunnel digging has been wrought with unforeseen problems as was the case with the Eurotunnel. Their tunnelling machine fell in a hole several miles into the project--there was fires, and tragedy all along the way, and even with the high usage from both sides, it won't be profitable for many generations. Call before you dig?

  • David Keat
    November 20, 2013 - 09:55

    So you're suggesting that NL eliminate the PAB ferry (in order to use the federal subsidy money to pay for a tunnel), re-route all vehicle traffic up into Labrador (with its 7 months of winter and bad weather), and then rely on Quebec to build and maintain a 1300 km road link thru wilderness for the benefit of all Newfoundland. Perhaps it's just me, but I see a few complications with that plan ---- winter, 1300 km of wilderness with no driving infrastructure, loss of vehicle access to the Maritimes and the US, and finally reliance upon Quebec for Newfoundland's needs (since the ferry will be gone). In case I have to spell it out, it's a bad idea. And I'm from Labrador, so I know what I'm talking about in terms of weather, distance, and infrastructure up there, in case you're wondering.

  • Jack
    November 20, 2013 - 09:19

    I just don't think the road infrastructure on the northern peninsula or in Labrador would allow for use of this tunnel in great numbers. Its a very cool idea but practical use will be limited at best

  • D
    November 20, 2013 - 08:08

    I think this is practical and sensible, which our Federal government is not. Good luck with your plea