Quebec Solidaire's Amir Khadir says the arrest of three rail company workers over the Lac Mégantic disaster hurts the public trust in the justice system.
"We decided to go after three employees, three tradesmen, three workers who were following orders," says Quebec's elected representative for Mercier.
"It's terrible for the image of the justice system."
Khadir is arguing that the arrests entrench a perception that the system discriminates against ordinary citizens, and privileges powerful leaders.
He says he would have expected to see the president of the company or a federal minister responsible for railway security regulations to be "handcuffed and brought before a judge,"
The story that a police squad descended on the home of one of the accused in order to arrest him only accentuates the perception "in giving a kind of stage show to make it look like you're doing something," he says.