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For the record: Full text of the NDP motion to study rail safety in Canada

Hot off the NDP presses, here's the motion that the transport committee will debate this afternoon:

That the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities immediately commence a study on the situation of rail Safety in Canada, specifically, but not exclusively, examining;

a) Transportation Safety Board recommendations on rail safety that the agency has not deemed fully satisfactory in terms of the actions taken by Transport Canada

b) The December 2011 findings by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for the Office of the Auditor General on the transportation of dangerous goods;

c) Transportation Safety Board requests for clear rules on hand brake use, parking and securing trains on main lines;

d) If two-men crews should be mandatory in freight train locomotives;

e) Examine if phasing out and replacement of unsafe tanker cars like the DOT-111/CTA-111A design is required;

And that the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities requests witnesses to appear in front of the Committee from the Transportation Safety Board, the Office of the Auditor General, Transport Canada, rail companies and representatives of rail workers, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and as well the Honourable Minister of Transport,

Furthermore, that the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities requests copies of the following documents from Transport Canada - the General Operating Instructions and other Safety Management System and audit documents for all Transport Canada-licensed freight rail operators;

And that this Study be conducted throughout August and September of 2013, and a report of this study be prepared and reported to the House of Commons in October 2013.

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