Mr. Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert, NDP)
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-676, An Act to amend the Railway Safety Act (maintenance of railway works).
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the people of the Quebec City area, I am proud to introduce this bill, which contains two measures: a measure to recognize that a railway work that is designated as a historic place must be preserved in a way that enhances its beauty and historic character; and, more importantly, a measure that allows the government, in the case of default, to order the work to be done at the expense of the owner.
For 10 years, the Conservative government has been unable to have the Quebec Bridge painted. It has given the people of Quebec City a false impression by claiming that it has put $100 million on the table, but on condition that CN does its part, which CN is refusing to do because it has no obligation in that regard.
My bill would force CN to paint the Quebec Bridge, and the mayors of Quebec City and Lévis think it is a good idea.
Therefore, I invite all members of the House, especially government members, to work together and agree to quickly pass this simple, pragmatic and effective bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)
Subtopic: Railway Safety Act