Monday, March 31, 2008

VIA offers free travel to CF members and veterans this July


But not all people are happy about this offer. A lot of negative comments were left on the CBC news story. The third comment got a lot of people riled up.

For a limited time only, VIA is offering one qualifying adult passenger complimentary travel within Canada on any VIA Rail train. You can even book up to five immediate family members for travel on the same trip – and save 50% on their tickets as well. Travel must be completed between July 1 and 31, 2008.

To buy your tickets, please call 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245), or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).

Bill Savary:
Since when is it VIA's mandate to expend funds to support DND employees? They are not a gifting organization. They are a rail service; a Crown Corporation that benefits from federal programs and probably federal funding as well. I hope the Auditor General slams VIA and everyone along the line who had a part in this decision. It's a misappropriation of funs [sic].

For those of you hanging your hat on the tired "oh it's because our soldiers are fighting for our freedom" excuse, the VIA freebie extends to people who have never worn a uniform and who have no stake at all in any military or humanitarian actions or work whatsoever. It's ridiculous!

It would make far more sense to offer a freebie to seniors on a fixed income, or unemployed people traveling to attend a job interview, or parents of sick kids who are in remote hospitals, etc. DND personnel are general very well paid with all sorts of perks already, compared to a great many non-DND employees.

The Harper government with their American style 'patriotism' in the interests of supporting conservatism in all its forms has mobilized a great huge PR machine and plays with the sympathies and emotions of Canadians. I have no doubt this is part of the program.

Phil F:
Wow, we're truly turning into another America. Harper's conservatives are trying to turn us into a military state where members of the military machine are treated with special favours.

I do have respect for the men that risk their lives at our government's choice. But come on, I've worked plenty of jobs that are statistically more dangerous than the military. And why do National Defense employees get special privileges compared to other civil servants? Aren't all civil servants working for a common a goal?
I hope these "free" trips at the taxpayer's expense will at least be considered a taxable perk. Seems to me like the government is seeking ways to increase spending on its military without actually having it show on the budget. Because Via Rail is a crown corporation, its finances aren't part of the government's regular budget. But every person (non-military) that uses Via Rail is now going to pay for this military spending.

I'm totally disgusted by this promotion by our crown corporation.

What the heck, Hillier, Mackay and their gang are bilking us for billions with their payoffs to military contractors, why not a few bucks more for train tickets. I pray though that I don't have to sit next to one of those military goons on a Via trip


Blogger Frank Cybulski said...

Wow, and here I was thinking that this would be a universally-acclaimed promo by VIA. I guess sometimes it's pretty easy to underestimate the depths of depravity and senselessness that the leftbots can sink to.

I'm pretty happy though, because my father IS a CF veteran of 25 years, and I qualify for this as well. ;)

Mon Mar 31, 05:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Spitfire said...


Thanks for your comment. Being daughter of a CF member, I qualify for 50% off as well, but according to the fine print, I believe I have to travel at the same time as my dad:

Qualifying adult passenger is entitled to complimentary travel in Comfort class within Canada throughout the VIA Rail network on any VIA train.
Up to five additional immediate family members may travel in Comfort class with the qualifying adult passenger at 50% off the adult regular Comfort class fare provided all passengers travel together on the same trains and dates.

Mon Mar 31, 05:42:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No danger of Canada turning into another America. With whining twerps like the ones whose comments you posted above, it'll be a long time before this country gets off its whiny, entitlement-minded, selfish schtick. Canadians do love to pull down the people who rise above mediocrity of the herd - I dunno if it's a result of the socialism they've been spoon-fed for so long, or whether socialism is so prevalent because Canadians are such a small, mean folk. I'd love this country to be a bit more like America - you know, self-reliant, unafraid to raise its voice, not living off the government's largesse....

And yeah, for full disclosure: 28 years in the Canadian Army and counting. Not that I travel by train much, so it doesn't affect me, but if it allows some young troops the chance to get home for a few days during a break in training for a deployment to Afghanistan, I suggest the nay-sayers take the cotton out of their ears and shove it in their mouthes.

Mon Mar 31, 06:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jarrett said...

I wonder if these ninnies got their panties in a knot when that mindlessly pro-military organization known as the City of Toronto (the guys that gave us Jack! Layton and Olivia Chow) also gave vets free parking.

Full disclosure: never in cadets or the forces, but cousins and friends therein. And my grandparents fought the Nazis despite the conduct of the Soviet Union.

Mon Mar 31, 08:48:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A nice gesture. Would like to see more such benefits for these people. (real conservative)

Mon Mar 31, 10:32:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to hear all the socialists squawking "What's In It for Me?" like hungry birds in a nest.

Mon Mar 31, 11:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger frenchtoast said...

Before all the people who are complaining about a Via Freebie to the Forces,VIA gives this in comfort class only.(No rooms or sleeping cars and not allowed to upgrade)So based on this for a retired senior veteran, a trip from Vancouver to Quebec City(to as Via states "Take advantage of the celebrations happening in Quebec this year for their 400th birthday")might be a bit tough sitting up the whole way.
I'm a proud retired veteran and do know what effort has been given us by these who are keeping all of us safe from the radical elements that exist.Nil Sine Labore

Fri Apr 04, 05:31:00 PM EDT  
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Sat Apr 05, 06:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger HammertimeGP said...

Sat Apr 05, 06:40:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well.... does anyone remember when the CF let family fly for free? A free train ride is nothing in comparison.

Anyway, bravo to via!

Tue Apr 08, 12:12:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Spitfire said...


Actually I do remember that. I went to Germany (once one a C-130!) numerous times when I was a kid when we had CFB Lahr (Germany)

Tue Apr 08, 07:49:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny. The airheads who apply the'socialist' label to anyone who disagrees with them and jump at the chance to score a free ticket need a course in basic logic. I don't mind seeing active soldiers and their families get a free train ride but let all the others stand in line and pony up the fare like the rest of us . Amusing. Dogtagone

Sat May 10, 09:38:00 AM EDT  

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