Railway Safety Act Review Consultation Guidance Document released

    OTTAWA, March 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Railway Safety Act Review Advisory
Panel today released a Consultation Guidance Document to help stakeholders
participate in the public consultation process.
    The document contains background information on railway safety in Canada,
as well as questions designed to focus stakeholder input. The document will
help ensure that consultations address key issues, while providing
stakeholders with an opportunity to bring forward their views on additional
issues that may need to be considered.
    Beginning in April 2007, the panel will travel to selected cities across
Canada to consult with stakeholders, including the public, railway companies
and their industry associations, railway company employees and their unions,
railway customers (e.g., travellers and shippers) and their associations, the
provinces and territories, municipalities, aboriginal and environmental
groups, and federal government departments and agencies. Consultations will
conclude in August 2007.
    On December 14, 2006, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities announced a full review of the
Railway Safety Act. An advisory panel, composed of the Honourable Doug Lewis
(Chair), Mr. Pierre-André Côté, Mr. Martin Lacombe, and Mr. Gary Moser, is
leading the review.
    The panel will prepare a report for the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities with findings and recommendations to improve
railway safety, including possible amendments to the Railway Safety Act. The
report is to be submitted to the Minister by autumn 2007.

    For more information about the Railway Safety Act Review, please visit

    To view the Consultation Guidance Document, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Tim Meisner, Executive Director, Railway Safety
Act Review Secretariat, (613) 990-5437; Transport Canada is online at
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