OTTAWA - Following the recent train derailment in Burnaby, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) has written a letter to Prime Minister Harper, urging him to take swift action to prevent future accidents and disasters.
On January 11th, 2014, seven rail cars carrying coal on a Canadian Pacific Railway train operated by a CN Rail crew derailed in Burnaby. As a result, three cars spilled coal into the protected waterway of Silver Creek, contaminating its waters.
â€œCommunities like Burnaby and New Westminster and others across Canada are increasingly concerned with the irresponsible approach of this federal government on railway safety. When all of these dangerous materials move through our populated and environmentally sensitive areas, citizens need to be warned,â€� said Julian.
Julian is calling on Stephen Harperâ€™s government to require that railway companies alert municipalities when trains carrying hazardous materials move through their jurisdictions, and to include local municipalities in the federal governmentâ€™s review process.
Julian has submitted a Question on the Order Paper in the House of Commons to the Ministry of Transport requesting a detailed response on railway security issues, within 45 days.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Julianâ€™s constituency office, Sandra Bell, at 604.775.5707 or [email protected]