Lac-Mégantic investigators urge Transport Canada to review rail safety rules

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This week on The House, guest-host Kathleen Petty talks to Don Ross, the Transportation Safety Board's lead investigator in Lac-Mégantic, about the TSB's move to ask Transport Canada to review certain rail safety rules.

The long-expected federal cabinet shuffle finally took place this week. Jason Kenney moved from Immigration to the newly renamed Employment and Social Development ministry, formally HRSDC. That means Kenney will now be responsible for a number of controversial and potentially explosive files, such as the Canada Job Grant and EI reforms. Darrell Dexter will be discussing those issues next week with his fellow provincial and territorial leaders at the Council of the Federation meeting. We ask the Premier of Nova Scotia what he wants to hear from Jason Kenney.

Does taking over a ministry mean cabinet members have to become familiar with who their potential enemies are? We ask former Environment Minister Peter Kent about that, why he won't be back on the front benches, and his controversial record in cabinet.

Then, Penny Collenette, former director of appointments under Prime Minister Jean Chretien, and Gerry Nicholls, Communications consultant and former VP at National Citizens Coalition, give us their take on the Conservative "enemy lists" and this week's cabinet shuffle.

What is behind the creation of a National Treaty Alliance? And where does the frustration with the Assembly of First Nations come from? We ask former Minister of Indian Affairs Robert Nault for his insight into the origins of the conflict, and what a divided leadership means for First Nations when it comes to negotiating with the federal government.

 

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