Mr. Speaker, this summer there were two train derailments in my riding along the Edmonton-Jasper corridor. On August 3 a CN train derailed in Wabamun created an ecological disaster. Some 700,000 litres of oil spilled into the lake killing wildlife, poisoning drinking water and actually spoiling the lake to local residents for the summer.
On both occasions I wrote the transport minister calling for an immediate review of railway safety in Canada. I still have not heard from the minister.
Last week there was another CN derailment in Alberta. Spills can be cleaned up, but it is the minister's duty is to determine why these incidents are occurring and to take steps to prevent them.
It appears that the transport minister is not taking this problem seriously at all. How big a disaster will it take to catch the minister's attention? The people in my riding are demanding and deserve some action.