"Any insinuation that CP doesn't take safety seriously or would tolerate a culture that allows employees to cut corners or break rules is deeply disturbing and inappropriate," CP's CEO is quoted as saying.'
Words from CEO Hunter Harrison that residents of Wabamum Lake who remember what his tenure meant for safety at CN will be gritting their teeth at.
The culture he presided over was all about speed and cost cutting over safety, ever longer, heavier trains hitting corners at ever faster speeds with predictably disastrous results.
Followed by arrogant and outrageously exploitive attempts to buy silence from victims with quick cheques and gag orders.
The government needs to accept that the ideological decision to let rail companies self regulate their safety standards was a disastrous mistake and reinstate a vigorous regulatory regime over the industry.
Absent that, all the kabuki shadow play of the hapless Lisa Raitt huffing and puffing is just smoke and mirrors.