If the Brits and French can call their fixed link a Chunnel, why not call our wish link a Gunnel, as in gulf-plus-tunnel?
I have heard and seen all of the praises of a tunnel connection between the island portion of Newfoundland and the mainland, specifically to Labrador, but this is a side to the argument that, if they do build it, will they come?
I don’t think so. Why? Because if I want to go to Canada or the United States, why do I want to drive up the Great Northern Peninsula to cross over into Quebec and still have a day’s drive before I come close to civilization?
It’s all fine and dandy if you’re going to Labrador, but 99.9 per cent of us who cross on Gulf ferries are destined for either the Maritimes or the U.S.A.
Most ferry users, except for the truckers, are visiting people in the Maritimes and most Maritimers are visiting people on the island within a 12-hour or much less driving radius.
Who from Nova Scotia wants to drive west for hours, then northeast for hours to drive through a tunnel to drive south then east for hours when a six-hour ferry ride gets you across for a nominal fee?
Hence, the Gunnel.
If ever there was a fixed link to consider, then Port aux Basques to some part of Cape Breton — maybe Neil’s Harbour — is the way to go, don’t you think?