DORVAL, QC, July 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, met with elected officials from the Eastern
Townships, including several mayors, to listen to their concerns
regarding rail safety in their respective communities and respond to
their questions, as a beginning of an ongoing dialogue.
"The tragedy in Lac-Mégantic will be imprinted in the collective memory
of generations to come, " said Minister Raitt. "We continue to mourn
the loss of life following the accident in Lac-Mégantic. We must never
forget the lives lost and the entire community affected by this tragic
The elected officials from the Mégantic region that met with the
Minister included Bernard Sévigny, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Pauline
Quinlan, Mayor of Bromont, Vicki May Hamm, Mayor of Magog, Arthur
Fauteux, Mayor of Cowansville, Jacques Demers, Mayor of
Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, Joseph Hüsler, Mayor of Farnham, and
Maurice Bernier, the Préfet of the Regional County Municipality of Le
"The concerns of the mayors are quite legitimate — they want to ensure
safety in their communities, balanced with the needs of their economy.
This is the goal of the federal government as well," added Minister
Although the cause of the July 6th accident remains unknown at this time, Transport Canada continues to
collaborate in the ongoing investigations. The department's inspectors
are on site to determine whether there has been non-compliance with
Railway safety regulations exist to ensure the safety and protection of
the public. Should anyone be found to have contravened any federal
transportation regulations, Transport Canada will not hesitate to take
whatever course of action is available.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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