Certainly it would not be our intention to penalize the wrong party in a situation like that, so we'd have to look at the details. Criminal pursuit is a very serious matter, and would only occur under certain specific instances where there was clear proof that something was deliberately done. The burden of proof in a situation like that is quite high, but it's also a situation that I think would be rather exceptional. Administrative penalties are quite common in Transport Canada in other areas when there are violations, for example, railways and ships. It is a tool we have, but we didn't have it in this case, and we think this is part of a graduated response capability.
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