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e-3983 (Transportation)

Initiated by Lorelei Desrochers from St. Malo, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • For more than a century, Canada has allowed private railway corporations to own private police forces that exercise criminal law powers against citizens;
  • Railway company’s police officers are corporate employees with corporate human resources files, who ultimately answer to the companies’ private management, and that the companies can terminate at will;
  • Despite Canada’s troubled history with Indigenous peoples, the Canadian government still allows private railway police forces to exercise criminal law jurisdiction over more than 100 Indigenous territories across Canada;
  • Through the private police forces that they currently wield through Sections 44 and 44.1 of the Railway Safety Act, railway companies have investigated and invariably exonerated themselves for deaths and serious injuries for which the companies were potentially criminally liable;
  • Although based in Canada, CP Railway and CN Railway’s chiefs of police command and can discipline the company’s police employees in the U.S., even though neither chief is an authorized police officer in the U.S.; and
  • The chiefs of police’s operational command over U.S. police officers and the chief’s exercise of cross-border powers in the U.S. infringe on America’s indivisible sovereignty over its criminal laws, and the civil and constitutional rights of American citizens.
We, the undersigned, Canadian citizens, call on the Government of Canada to establish a royal commission to inquire into the nature and extent of damage that Canada’s corporate railway policing model has had on the criminal investigation of numerous railway fatalities and injuries, plus the politico-diplomatic implications of Canadian companies exercising police powers in the U.S.
Open for signature
May 11, 2022, at 8:31 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 10, 2022, at 8:31 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Taylor Bachrach
Skeena—Bulkley Valley
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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