Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism.
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); } //

Investigation continues on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec after a train derailed ignited tanker cars carrying crude oil. Fifteen people are confirmed dead among the 60 missing.

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

The Quebec government has set aside $60-million in emergency aid for the town of Lac-Mégantic and the thousands of residents who have been harmed in the railway disaster.

More than 2,000 evacuees, about 1,200 of whom have returned home, will be eligible for cash payments of $1,000 starting Monday to cover immediate expenses such as food and clean-up, Premier Pauline Marois announced Wednesday.

The money is part of a $25-million emergency fund that will also go toward replacing homes, compensating businesses and employees put out of work by the disaster, and covering municipal tax losses suffered by the town.

Story continues below advertisement

Another $25-million will go to the town to begin planning rebuilding downtown, which was levelled early Saturday morning when a runaway train loaded with petroleum products from the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway crashed and burned. Fifteen bodies have been found so far while about 45 people are missing.

Another $10-million will be spent to relaunch the local economy, Ms. Marois said.

Ms. Marois said insurance companies will eventually cover some of the assistance and the railway will undoubtedly also be held responsible, but she said the priority is to make sure people don't get caught up in bureaucracy while they wait.

"I want to make sure everything we can do right now is done," Ms. Marois said.

Ms. Marois denounced the behaviour of the railway executives, whose first reaction was to deflect blame and who stayed out of public sight for days after the disaster.

"I addition to our profound sadness, we are going through a very legitimate anger. At the right time and place, the business as well as the relevant authorities will have to account for this. Such an accident should never have taken place," Ms. Marois said.

Ms. Marois faced questions about the province's role in the railway. The province paid $24-million to the company to pay for railway improvements that a media report said was spent on tracks in the United States. The Premier said she's looking into it and that the money should have been spent in Quebec.

Story continues below advertisement

Ms. Marois said the finance minister has also inquired about the 12.8-per-cent share in the railway held by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the provincial pension investment arm. "It's a concern," she said, hastening to clarify that the government does not interfere in Caisse investment decisions.

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow the author of this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies