Trans­porta­tion Safety Board Aug. 19th Re­port on the Lac-Me­gan­tic tragedy Jean Rousseau is keep­ing the in­ter­ests of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties on the ta­ble

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

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.

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