LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. — The NDP’s Tom Mulcair is getting a first-hand look at a new Lac-Megantic as it rises from the ashes of 2013’s devastating train derailment.
With three days left until Monday’s vote, the party is hoping the rural Quebec visit will be a visceral reminder of the regulatory and safety failures that allowed an unattended, oil-laden train to careen uncontrolled into the heart of the town and explode, killing 47 people.
Earlier this week, a Quebec judge approved the terms of a $450-million settlement with the victims.
The NDP is targeting a Conservative riding as it underlines its promise to invest in rail safety and call a public inquiry into the issue.
Mulcair is also hammering away at the Liberals over the resignation of campaign co-chairman Dan Gagnier, who gave TransCanada Corp. advice on who in a new government they should lobby about the Energy East pipeline.
He accuses Justin Trudeau of changing his story about when and how much he knew about Gagnier’s activity before it became public.
The Canadian Press