07/13/2018 13:45 EDT | Updated 07/13/2018 13:46 EDT

2008 Greyhound Beheading To Blame For Bus Ridership Drop, Joe Hargrave Says

Saskatchewan shut down its bus company in last year's austerity budget.

Joe Hargrave, MLA for Prince Albert, speaks to reporters at the Legislative Building in Regina, Oct. 25, 2017.

REGINA — The minister for Saskatchewan's Crown Investments Corp. says a beheading on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba 10 years ago was the tipping point for bus ridership in his province.

Joe Hargrave says ridership on what was the government-owned Saskatchewan Transportation Co. dropped like a rock after that.

Bus company shut down

Vince Li, who now goes by the name Will Baker, beheaded and cannibalized fellow passenger Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus that was bound for Winnipeg on July 30, 2008.

Li was charged with second-degree murder, but was found not criminally responsible for his actions.

He has since received a full discharge from the mental hospital where he was being held.

Saskatchewan shut down its bus company in last year's austerity budget due to what the province said was a consistent drop in ridership.

Greyhound announced earlier this week that it is ending the majority of its passenger service in Western Canada by the end of October.

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