Elizabeth May: Question on Lac-Mégantic Bypass

On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 in Question Period, Uncategorized

Elizabeth May:

Mr. Speaker, representatives of the Coalition des citoyens de Lac-Mégantic are here in Ottawa today.

In 2013, the member for Papineau signed their petition in support of the construction of a rail bypass in Lac-Mégantic. Today, they are sending a clear message to the Prime Minister. They are asking him to keep his election promise by announcing the construction of a rail bypass.

My question is clear. Will—

Marc Garneau - Minister of Transport:

Mr. Speaker, I would rather not have to repeat myself, but our government and our Prime Minister know that the people of Lac-Mégantic were deeply traumatized by the 2013 disaster, which took the lives of 47 people.

I have visited the town three times. I met with its citizens and listened to them. I am working hard on this matter. We want to speed up the process if we can, but we must do our due diligence. As soon as we have something to report, we will make an announcement.

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    The Lac-Mégantic disaster was a poor example of a response by the Government to protect its citizens – specifically Steven Harper. I submit that the Corporations of the day are no more prepared today than in 2013 to mitigate dangers. Unless it comes to shuffling assets, then they’re ready to jump ship and dodge any liability. Bonds worth $Billions need to be in place, before they decide to leave town or Country.

    The fossil fuel industry continues to undermine the environment and health risks to to both man and all living species. 30 sq. miles of tailing ponds in Alberta is a disaster. And I can assure you, no Company will hanging around to clean-up the damage they caused. They too will be skipping town/ Country.

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