MP Jim Eglinski Puts Forward a Question During Debate on The Transportation Modernization Act
June 16, 2017
OTTAWA: On June 16th, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, during debate on C-49 Transportation Modernization Act, asked the following question:
“Mr. Speaker, I was very interested in a lot of what the hon. member had to say. I totally agree with him that 13 Acts on three modes of transportation is ridiculous. One would think the Liberals do not care at all about Parliament and just want to ram this bill through. It is absolutely disgusting to see what is happening on such an important matter, whether it is air, rail, or whatever.
The member made some good points on safety. There has been no opportunity for good debate in this place, and that is what we are here for, to talk about the safety of rail transportation, but I am more interested in the safety of the communities the railways go through and safety of the people working on the railways. We are not being given the opportunity to speak. I will give a quick example and then ask my hon. friend to comment.
In my community, there are super trains, large trains with grain bins, oil tankers, and containers. They go into small communities from one end of Canada to the other. They block crossings, and people cannot get to and from their communities, cannot get to hospitals, and cannot get to work, sometimes for hours on end, because the trains sit while waiting for another train going east or west. I wonder if the member would comment on that situation. I know it is happening in his and all members’ ridings in this country, and it is a danger to Canadians.”