In light of the three train derailments in Northern Ontario in less than a month’s time, and of most recent the derailment of 38 cars carrying Alberta crude oil that jumped the tracks on March 7th in Gogama, Hayes expressed some frustration regarding the accountability of the rail companies.
“I want to emphasize that there is an onus on the rail companies,” said Hayes. “Companies need to put in place a safety management system. The auditor general conducted a study in 2013 with respect to rail safety and he provided recommendations. Transport Canada and the government is honouring those recommendations. But it is significantly important that rail companies are being held accountable.”