Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the third anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

OTTAWA, July 6, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic:

"Today, we pause in solemn remembrance of those whose lives were lost, and in support of those whose lives were irreparably changed by the tragic events that took place in Lac-Mégantic on July 6, 2013.

"In the face of unimaginable pain and loss, the people of Lac-Mégantic have shown incredible resilience and courage. A few months ago, when the community of Fort McMurray was devastated by wildfires, the community of Lac-Mégantic reached out with an immediate outpouring of support. Canadians continue to be deeply moved by the strength and selflessness of the people of Lac-Mégantic, who lent a hand to distant neighbours, even while their own efforts to rebuild continue.

"Rail safety remains a top priority for the Government of Canada, and we will continue to take steps to improve the safety of the Canadian rail system. The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, visited Lac-Mégantic in April to hear from those most directly affected by the tragedy.

"To the people of Lac-Mégantic, please know that you have our steadfast support as you continue to recover and heal. We remember you and all that you lost, and will use this memory to strengthen our resolve to make our railroads the safest in the world, and ensure the tragic events of Lac-Mégantic never happen again."

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