Safe railway crossings in our communities

Bill C-322

Bill C-322 was presented in order to clarify the powers of the Minister of Transport to order the opening of a railway crossing. Unfortunately, on May 17 2017, the Liberals used their majority in the House of Commons to block this important initiative. On March 20th 2018, I tabled a petition signed by thousands of citizens asking for the Minister of Transport to act on this important issue.

Minister Garneau was not alone in turning down the authority our bill would have provided him to create safe crossings and improve commuters safety. Both Mélanie Joly and Justin Trudeau represent ridings where the City of Montreal wants to build safe level crossings in order to open up neighbourhoods and has tried to do create passings for now 30 years.

While the Liberals may oppose my bill, they have to consider the reality of local neighbourhoods, in Montreal, Toronto, British-Columbia, Sasketchwan or elsewhere. I will keep pushing this important issue and calling on Minister Garneau to stand up for the needs and safety of Canadians, which should take priority over the interests of railway companies like CP.

Safe railway crossings in our communities 

A lack of safe railway crossings puts people’s safety at risk and reduces mobility in our communities. In order to access services or resources, people are forced to make long detours or trespass without protection in densely populated areas, putting their safety at risk. There are twice as many deadly trespassing accidents in Canada than on federal grade crossings.‎ Rail safety is clearly a problem - but Canadian Pacific Railway refuses to make necessary changes.

Citizens’ groups, businesses and municipalities are all calling for the creation of safe level crossings in key locations, but the government is hiding behind outdated rules.

That’s why my Bill C-322 was presented: to clarify the Minister's authority to order the construction of new crossings in order to improve safety and mobility in our communities.

Watch Hélène during the first reading of Bill C-322 (French only)