Please stop any further consideration of old technology high-speed rail.
I think Red Deer has the potential to be a demonstration pilot for evacuated tube transport, which will be the last transportation innovation before teleportation. Just imagine four lines from Red Deer to each of Lacombe, Sylvan Lake, Delburne and Innisfail.
Have a look and see if you agree: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/evacuated-tube-travel-daryl-osler_n_1385661.html
The technology exists. We just need the political will.
Red Deer County