Railway Safety Act review consultations wrap up - Minister Cannon looks forward to report

    OTTAWA, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Railway Safety Act review advisory
panel concluded its public consultations yesterday. However, interested
organizations and individuals have until August 31, 2007, to make a final
written submission for the panel's consideration.
    On December 14, 2006, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced a full review of the
Railway Safety Act.
    Since April 2007, an advisory panel, comprising the Honourable Doug Lewis
(chair), Mr. Pierre-André Côté, Mr. Martin Lacombe and Mr. Gary Moser, has
held public meetings across Canada, the last of which took place in Ottawa
    The panel will now begin preparing its report for the Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities with recommendations to improve
railway safety in Canada, including possible amendments to the Railway Safety
Act. The report is to be submitted to the Minister in the fall of 2007.
    "Canada's New Government takes the safety of the Canadian rail system
very seriously. I would like to acknowledge the participation of all parties,
including those who attended consultations across Canada and made written
submissions. The panel's hard work and dedication are also appreciated," said
Minister Cannon. "I look forward to receiving the panel's report and will
continue to work towards strengthening the regulatory framework and improve

    Organizations and individuals interested in making a submission to the
panel are encouraged to contact the Railway Safety Act Review Secretariat at
613-998-6462 or at RailwaySafetyActReview@tc.gc.ca.

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

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