No rea­son not to trust tran­sit, MPP says


Ot­tawa Cen­tre MPP Joel Harden, whose rid­ing in­cludes West­boro sta­tion, said he was sad­dened and shocked by the col­li­sion, calling it “a pretty sad day.”

How­ever, peo­ple should not be afraid of rid­ing the city’s buses, he said in an in­ter­view Satur­day.

Harden of­ten takes dou­ble-decker buses with his two young chil­dren. The most pop­u­lar seats are usu­ally in the front, he said.

Harden said he might take a ride with the kids later that day just to make the point that he still trusts the bus sys­tem.

“I’m cer­tainly still happy to ride the dou­ble-decker bus,” he said. “I’m very, very sad that this hap­pened, and I want to know what hap­pened just like ev­ery­body else…

“This is cer­tainly the worst pos­si­ble thing that could have hap­pened, and it hap­pened.”

Harden said he looks for­ward to the re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash.

“I have faith in peo­ple who are do­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the NDP MPP said.

How­ever, it does not “make bus travel im­me­di­ately sus­pect,” he added.

“The men and women who drive those buses are first-class work­ers, first­class peo­ple.

“We have a great bus sys­tem. We need to find out what hap­pened here.”

Harden also said he was con­cerned about the men­tal health of the first re­spon­ders who rushed to the scene on the cold­est day of the winter.

“I’m wor­ried about the grav­ity of what hap­pened when peo­ple ar­rived (at the crash scene), that it will have a last­ing im­pact on them,” Harden said.

“I send my love and prayers to the peo­ple im­pacted di­rectly by this ter­ri­ble tragedy but also want to re­mind first re­spon­ders that I’m there for them, that the health­care sys­tem is there for them, and we want to sup­port them.”

I’m cer­tainly still happy to ride the dou­ble-decker bus.” NDP MPP Joel Harden


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