OTTAWA, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, issued the following statement today in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the tragedy that devastated downtown Lac-Mégantic:
"Five years ago, the people of Lac-Mégantic and the neighbouring communities experienced an unimaginable tragedy that sent shock waves through the entire nation.
"Canadians remain profoundly affected by this tragedy, but also by the extraordinary strength, courage and resilience displayed by the people of Lac-Mégantic since the accident.
"The disaster that occurred on July 6, 2013, will remain forever etched in our collective memory. The hearts of all Canadians go out to the residents of the region on this particularly difficult day. We continue to remember the 47 people who lost their lives, and our thoughts are with their families and loved ones.
"Rest assured that railway safety remains my absolute priority and I will do everything possible to continue to improve it.
"The railway bypass announced by Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Couillard last May provides an opportunity now to look to the future. This bypass is much more than a railway infrastructure project; it is a way to support the rebuilding of the community by ensuring the well‑being of its residents and enabling them to move forward."
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055