Yesterday, the Liberal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced that DOT-111 railway cars were being phased out six months ahead of schedule. These are the same rail tankers that were involved in the Lac Megantic disaster that took 47 lives, and have been involved in other crashes in the United States and Canada.
Garneau is quoted as saying:
“By removing the least crash resistant tank cars in service, we continue to modernize how dangerous goods are shipped in Canada and further protect Canadians and their families who live near Canada's rail network."
You know what would really further protect Canadians and their families from disasters like Lac Megantic? Building pipelines.
Since 2012, more and more oil has been transported by rail because we don’t have the pipeline capacity to transport the resource.
With more pipelines being stalled, more oil will be transported by rail tanker, which means there will be a higher risk of explosion, which in the Liberals own words will mean less protection for Canadians and families living near rail networks.