Canadians will never forget the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic. As Minister of Transport, I have worked hard to ensure that an accident such as this one never occurs again. We have been keeping Canadians safe by putting in place new safety standards and by making significant investments in our rail infrastructure, including grade crossings.
Over the past four years, we have also made significant changes to protect Canadians’ safety.
- Through our Rail Safety Improvement Program, we have funded hundreds of new projects across the country to improve the safety of rail crossings.
- We have instructed companies to update their practices on fatigue management to make sure that railway employees are alert and fully prepared for any situation.
- We have developed regulations to place voice and video recorders in locomotives, similar to black boxes in airplanes, to better analyze and prevent accidents.
- The number of inspectors both for dangerous goods and rail safety has increased to better protect Canadians, particularly rail workers and those living close to railways.
- New tank car impact resistance standards have been implemented for the transportation of dangerous goods to make sure that Canadians are put first.
Together, these measures can save lives, and they demonstrate our government’s commitment to protecting Canadians’ safety. We have taken many steps to strengthen rail safety and will continue our hard work.
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