Masse Questions Transport Minister on CP Rail & Rail Safety

Masse Questions Transport Minister on CP Rail & Rail Safety

April 23, 2009

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the problems with the government's management of safety inspections extend to our railways, as well. Canadian Pacific Railway plans to remove its mechanical forces from Welland, London, Lambton, Oshawa and Windsor. This threatens the safety of our railway and the security of our border, and puts many communities in harm's way.
If the minister does not act today, the likelihood of an incident is an inevitable catastrophe, just like Mississauga. Will the minister act to safeguard border security and public health by stopping CPR's plan to eliminate comprehensive safety checks?
The government did this for Edmonton, Alberta and needs to do the same for Ontario.

Hon. Rob Merrifield (Minister of State (Transport), CPC): Mr. Speaker, rail safety is very important. We have a significant amount of money in our action plan with regard to rail safety, $71 million. We are dealing with safety on the rail system.
The idea of moving it from one community to another, as far as the safety inspectors, it is absolutely ridiculous to think that that is going to compromise the safety of our rail system. That will not take place.
We can be assured that railways in this country are running as safely as they possibly can.