Railway safety: Lisa Raitt rejects rail inspection cuts, but ministry grants exemptions

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt reacted strongly and swiftly to a CBC story Wednesday [Feb 5] that detailed how Canada’s rail freight companies had asked to remove a requirement for inspection on dangerous goods railcars a month prior to the tragedy at Lac-Mégantic, Que…

Despite the minister’s tough talk, her director general of rail safety has quietly granted safety exemptions to Canada’s major rail carriers. A CBC News investigation has found that Transport Canada has granted at least three exemptions in recent years…

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