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Firemen continue to battle the blaze from the derailed trains in Lac Megantic, Quebec, July 6, 2013.
Firemen continue to battle the blaze from the derailed trains in Lac Megantic, Quebec, July 6, 2013.
(Christinne Muschi/The Globe and Mail)

DAVE MORRIS

Train disaster comes as feds cut Transport Canada budget

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The oil-filled train that exploded in the middle of Lac-Mégantic, Que. instantly became the center of any discussion of rail safety, as a tragedy with such a heavy human cost inevitably must. But while the focus thus far is on the rising volume of oil being shipped by rail, the federal government’s underfunding of Transport Canada – the body responsible for regulating railroad safety – also demands a place in this urgent discussion.