Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Meets in Ottawa on Lac-Mégantic Train Derailment

July 23, 2013

Ottawa, ON – The House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met on July 23rd, 2013 in Ottawa to discuss the recent train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

The planning meeting was on a request from four members of the Committee and the meeting was called by Committee Chair MP Larry Miller (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound). Both the Government and Opposition Members recognized the seriousness of rail safety and were also sympathetic to the losses experienced in Lac-Mégantic. The meeting commenced with a moment of silence for the victims of the tragedy.

The result of the meeting was a unanimous vote in favour of the following motion that was put forward:

“That, the committee conduct a study on rail safety when more findings of the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation into the disaster at Lac-Mégantic are available.”

“This meeting truly showed the Federal Government’s commitment to rail safety in Canada while also allowing the proper investigations into the Lac-Mégantic disaster take place without Government intervention and disturbance,” said Miller. “As stated in the motion that was passed today, when we have more information available to us we will take the appropriate action.”

For more information on the meeting please visit; http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeMeetings.aspx?Cmte=TRAN&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1.