Transportation Safety Board Aug. 19th Report on the Lac-Megantic tragedy Jean Rousseau is keeping the interests of the municipalities on the table
Member of Parliament Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead) would like to acknowledge the Transportation safety Board (TSB) report following the July 6th 2013 lac-Megantic tragedy. More than a year after the catastrophe, it is now undeniable that the federal government must shoulder some of the blame. It is also clear that the federal government must take immediate action to implement adequate surveillance measures, as declared by Official Opposition critic Hoang Mai (Brossard-La Prairie) in yesterday’s press release. Though a few rules have been
adopted, the TBS’s report is clear: “while progress has been
made, there is still much work to be done. The reaction from the government tries to bring the attention on the MMA and diminishes the effect of Transport Canada politics during the last decade.
Stretching from Hampden to Rock Forest, the Compton-Stanstead constituency is traversed by MMA rails ways, from East to West and another railway runs North to South to Dixville. This totals over 200 kilometers of railroad. “In the weeks and months following the Lac-Megantic tragedy, most municipalities expressed theirs concerns and requests on the matter”, affirmed Mr. Rousseau. Then mayors of Lac- Megantic, Sherbrooke, and Magog became de facto spokespeople for the entire region. The municipalities would like their voices to be heard. The Union of Municipalities of Quebec brought theirs concerns and requests to Transport Canada and the general public. These demands included full disclosure of what dangerous materials are being transported as well as a clear and defined emergency response plan in case of accident.
“The entirety of the municipalities demands is still pertinent and must be included with the TBS’s recommendations” concluded Jean Rousseau.