Way, way, way back in 1912 the Rail Companies that later became BC Rail were bound by statute to provide a passenger rail service on their lines.
All that changed abruptly, ninety years later, in the Fall of 2002 when the Government of Gordon Campbell and Martyn Brown et. al. inserted a one sentence change to the law under the deceptively innocuous header of 'Miscellaneous Statutes':
.....(N)one of the company, any subsidiary or any person under the control of the company or of any subsidiary is required to provide passenger service over all or any part of its line or lines of railway in British Columbia......
Did they who did, perchance, contribute any money of significance to the B.C. Liberal Party of Gordon Campbell and Martyn Brown?
Answers to follow.....
Original 'Miscellaneous' Link Source....Another fantastic piece by Will McMartin in The Tyee which puts lie to the repeated Campbell/Brown government claim that there was no strategy to convince the public that BC Rail was a financial albatross around our necks.....
Update: Answer to question posed directly above is here....