OAKVILLE, ON, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today reiterated the Government of Canada's strong
commitment to rail safety in remarks delivered at the "Moving Today for Tomorrow Transportation Symposium" hosted by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Professional
Engineers Ontario (PEO) Oakville Chapter.
Following Transport Canada's announcement last week in response to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's initial
Lac-Mégantic recommendations, Minister Raitt reaffirmed a commitment to
protect communities along Canada's railway lines, including those in
the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), through a strong regulatory regime for
trains travelling in both rural and urban areas.
Minister Raitt also highlighted the integral role transportation plays
in the GTA and the overall benefit to Canada's international trade and
economic growth. She stressed the importance of a new Windsor-Detroit
bridge to ensure sufficient border crossing capacity to handle
projected growth in cross border trade and traffic in southern Ontario,
as well as the Government of Canada's extensive investments in public
transit. She further noted Canada's robust trade agenda and the
benefits brought by the recent trade agreements with South Korea and
the European Union.
"As the Minister of Transport and a representative of the GTA, I
understand the transportation challenges a growing population and
thriving business hub like the GTA faces. I also know the great
opportunity we have to work together to ensure a safe, secure,
environmentally responsible and efficient transportation network that
meets our needs now and into the future."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Minister of Transport
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