OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister
of Transport, marked National Railway Day, which commemorates the day
the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway at
Craigellachie, British Columbia in 1885 - a major milestone for the
railways and for Canada.
Since before Confederation, Canada has relied on railways for the
movement of goods and passengers. It is no different today. New
economic opportunities still require rail to link Canadian goods to
waiting markets. These opportunities depend on a safe and dependable
"Our government understands the continued importance of Canada's rail
system," said Minister Raitt. "That's why we are taking strong actions
to ensure its safety and security and why we are working with
stakeholders in the transportation sector to make Canada's rail system
a model of world class safety."
As the Speech from the Throne stated, the Government of Canada is
committed to taking further targeted action to increase the safety of
the transportation of dangerous goods by rail, and to require shippers
and railways to carry additional insurance so they can be held
Following the tragic accident in Lac-Mégantic, Transport Canada took
immediate action by:
Issuing an emergency directive to railway companies under the Railway Safety Act, 1985;
Issuing a Ministerial Order obligating railway companies to develop
rules to comply with the emergency directive requirements permanently;
Issuing a protective direction on the classification of dangerous goods under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992.
Minister Raitt continues to meet with stakeholders to discuss ways to
further strengthen railway safety standards.
Further information on rail safety programs and funding:
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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