Hayes and Orazietti: Dangerous Goods Along Northern Ontario Rails

Sault Ste. Marie MP, Bryan Hayes, and Sault Ste. Marie, MPP, David Orazietti weigh in on the spate of derailments in Northern Ontario in less than one months time. Hayes takes a swing at the rail companies but David Orazietti comes back to tear a strip off the federal government. Both agree that moving dangerous goods along the rails in Northern Ontario requires reconsideration.

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.”