Lac-Mégantic survivors sue federal government

The federal government is being sued by the survivors of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy that left 47 people dead last summer.

The Lac-Mégantic victims group says Transport Canada was negligent and should be held responsible for the train derailment on July 6, 2013.

It says Transport Canada failed to apply its own safety regulations and that Montreal Maine & Atlantic should never have been allowed to carry oil through the town.

“Will this happen again? We really don’t know...It depends on so many factors...But maybe with stricter rules, we can wish for less tragedies and disasters,” Daniel Poulin, the editor of the Lac-Mégantic newspaper who signed the class-action lawsuit, said.

He said he hopes it puts pressure on the feds to enforce the law but most of all he signed it for his community.

“They lost their house, they lost people, they lost their job, they lost everything, so it was a gesture of solidarity.”

The class-action lawsuit led by Lac-Mégantic lawyer Daniel Larochelle claims MMA was the most dangerous railway in North America for many reasons, including the improper labelling of the crude oil it was carrying and a lack of track maintenance.

It also notes that MMA was involved in 129 accidents in Canada and never received a fine from the feds.

The suit seeks over 200 million dollars in compensation.

It hopes to have 3000 participants.

Transport Canada is not the only organisation being sued. The class-action lawsuit targets many business including MMA.

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  1. clint posted on 02/13/2014 10:59 AM
    The accident at Lac-Megantic should never have happened and my sympathy goes out to the residents there.
    Quebec does not like it when the Feds "interfere" in THEIR jurisdictions. They have sent a pile of cash to help out and no amount of money will make it all better. Suing the Federal or Provincial governments will result in suing yourselves. The train and oil companies using the tracks are the ones they should be going after.
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