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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