Federal Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair is demanding immediate action now the Transportation Safety Board has found that Transport Canada failed to ensure the safety of the railway linked to the Lac Megantic tragedy.
TSB investigators found federal authorities didn’t do enough to ensure the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway effectively managed risks.
“The basic problem is self-management doesn’t work when the government’s not upholding it’s end of the bargain,” Mulcair told reporters in Vancouver.
He says Ottawa has spent several years trying to convince Canadians that companies can regulate themselves.
“Governments are supposed to be inspecting and regulating in the public interest and this is not working.”
Forty-seven people were killed last summer when a runaway train went off the tracks and exploded in the southeastern Quebec town.
While Justice Minister Peter MacKay says has no plans to de-criminalize marijuana, meanwhile, Mulcair accuses the Harper government of being stuck in a time warp.
“The Conservatives are taking a very 1950s approach. I think that they regularly watch re-runs of Reefer Madness to convince themselves about the problem, but I think adults are capable of making their own choices on these things.”
Earlier today, MacKay said simply ticketing users for possession is an option.
He was also asked if he’s concerned about losing next year’s federal election to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau because Trudeau has openly campaigned in favour of legalizing pot.
“Marijuana use is a question of personal choice and it’s something that a government can do the day after it’s elected … is to simply make sure that there’s no longer any criminal accusations for somebody using marijuana.”
Also, Mulcair says he’s not especially concerned about his safety in the wake of a recent break-in at the home of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.
“The system seems to be working relatively well in terms of that risk assessment which doesn’t mean that there won’t be cases like the one we’re referring to, but so far, in our experience, we can rely on that type of risk assessment. It seems to be working fairly well.”
At the time of the break-in, Trudeau was in Winnipeg, but his wife and three young children were asleep in the home when the intruder entered. Nothing was taken and no one was harmed, but the prowler left a threatening note.
On the Middle East, Mulcair says Prime Minister Stephen Harper can’t keep ignoring all the blood being shed by civilians in the Gaza Strip.
“The whole situation is unacceptable.”
Mulcair says the month-long war between Israel and Hamas needs to stop, but mediation efforts keep failing.
“We have made it very clear it is horrifying and totally unacceptable to see civilians being hit by IDF shells in shelters that they have gone to, so this is part of a horrible pattern of behaviour.”
He says the NDP’s solution involves setting up secure, mutually agreed borders for both sides in a conflict that’s seen more than 2,000 Palestinians killed since an Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007.