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Liberal leadership candidate to tout high-speed rail

A federal Liberal leadership candidate will chat about his “groundbreaking proposal” for a high-speed rail line between Calgary and Edmonton during a stop to Red Deer on Friday.

George Takach will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. at Red Deer Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre. A breakfast for the public will be held at 8 a.m.

In a news release, Takach says that an accessible, efficient transit option between Alberta’s three major cities will help to open up commuting in the province, allowing Albertans to conduct business more effectively and increasing the economic strength of the Edmonton-Calgary corridor.

Born in Toronto in 1957, Takach is the son of impoverished immigrants who came to Canada in search of a better life after fleeing Hungary after the Soviet invasion.

Nine candidates are running for the party’s top job — lawyers Takach, David Bertschi and Deborah Coyne, MPs Marc Garneau, Joyce Murray and Justin Trudeau, former MPs Martin Cauchon and Martha Hall Findlay, and Karen McCrimmon, a retired lieutenant colonel.

A new leader of the federal Liberal Party will be chosen on April 14 in Ottawa.



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