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Prime Minister Stepen Harper surveys the site Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Que., the day after a train derailed causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil.
Prime Minister Stepen Harper surveys the site Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Que., the day after a train derailed causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil.
(Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

André Picard

Do politicians belong in disaster zones?

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It is de rigueur for politicians to make an appearance in every disaster zone - be it a flood, a hurricane, an earthquake, or a train wreck. On the weekend, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at the site of the Lac-Mégantic derailment disaster before the fire was even extinguished. So were Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and Thomas Mulcair, leader of the official opposition.