Question Period - Trail Acid Spill


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 In April and May, two serious acid spills caused havoc in Trail, Yesterday I asked the Prime Minister whether Transport Canada is properly investigating these incidents; local authorities are concerned about timely access to response teams at hazardous materials spills. Here is the question I posed to the Prime Minister this afternoon.

Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP) 

 Richard Cannings

Constituency: South Okanagan—West Kootenay

    Mr. Speaker, this spring, there were two significant sulphuric acid spills from transport trucks in Trail, B.C. Over a thousand cars that drove through the spills had to be written off because they were unsafe to drive. The Trail fire department lost two of their trucks. A smaller spill happened again in September. Regional authorities are deeply concerned that Transport Canada does not have the staffing capacity to effectively deal with incidents like this.

    Is Transport Canada investigating these acid spills? What enforcement actions will it take to resolve the issues faced by local residents and governments?

 Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.) 

 Right Hon. Justin Trudeau

    Mr. Speaker, obviously, we take this situation seriously. This is something which, of course, Transport Canada is looking at. We know that the protection of communities and citizens right across the country is one of the fundamental responsibilities of any government, and it is one which we take very seriously.