The Government of Canada and Railway Association of Canada sign new agreement on railway security

    OTTAWA, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Mr. Cliff Mackay, president
and chief executive officer of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), today
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen railway security.
    "The safety and security of the travelling public are top priorities for
the Government of Canada and much has been accomplished to enhance
transportation security in the past few years," said Minister Cannon. "I am
pleased that our strong working relationship with the Railway Association of
Canada has led to the development of a new railway security Memorandum of
Understanding that will benefit all Canadians."
    "This agreement demonstrates the trust and respect that exist between
Canada's government and the railway industry in this critical area of Canada's
security," said Mr. Mackay. "Security is part of the industry's work every
day, at every level of our freight and passenger operations, throughout the
whole network."
    This MOU replaces the one signed by the RAC and Transport Canada in July
1997. It is one of a series of security measures implemented in the last few
years to enhance the security of rail and transit operations. The updated MOU
primarily addresses security of freight rail and complements the security
measures being implemented for passenger operations through the Transit-Secure
    The main component of the new MOU is that each railway operator who is a
member of RAC will prepare a security plan based on risk assessment. These
plans will be provided to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities and each will be reviewed no less than once a year. The MOU also
includes important elements, such as maintaining records, performing exercises
and drills, appropriate training and awareness for new employees, and
reporting incidents to the Minister as soon as possible.
    The MOU reflects the core principles and best practices of the railway
industry. It is an important voluntary action by RAC members to enhance the
security of rail operations.

    If you would like more information about RAC and the list of
participating companies, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Roger Cameron, Director of Public Affairs, The Railway Association of Canada,
(613) 564-8097; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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