Original language of petition: English
The Government of Canada recognizes the fundamental role of police independence, accountability, and oversight in Canada’s criminal justice system. In Canada, railway police constables are appointed by a judge of a superior court for the enforcement of the Canada Transportation Act, as well as for the enforcement of Canadian or provincial laws as they relate to the protection of property owned, possessed, or administered by a railway company, and for the protection of persons and property on that property. Under the Railway Safety Act, railway police constables have jurisdiction within 500 metres of railway property that the rail company owns, possess or administers. Railway police services do not operate alone. Other police services (e.g., RCMP, provincial police, and local police services) have the discretion and independence to determine when an investigation is warranted, to conduct investigations into alleged criminal conduct, and, depending on the findings, to recommend criminal prosecution.
Transport Canada’s top priority in the rail sector is the safety and security of Canadians and their communities. The Department has taken many measures to better protect Canadians who live and work near rail lines to reduce the risk of serious accidents and will continue to do what is needed to further improve safety and security.
The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN)’s recent report Railway Safety and the Effects of Railway Operations in the Surrounding Communitieswhich can be accessed athttps://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/44-1/TRAN/report-5/, recommended that the Government of Canada amend section 44 and 44.1 of the Railway Safety Act to remove the potential conflict of interest from the jurisdiction of private railway police in investigations involving their companies. In the Government Response to the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities which can be accessed at https://www.ourcommons.ca/content/Committee/441/TRAN/GovResponse/RP11941375/441_TRAN_Rpt05_GR/MinisterOfTransport-e.pdf, it was noted that the Department will engage with experts in police governance and accountability who have the knowledge and expertise to provide preliminary findings that will contribute to the determination of next steps. Transport Canada is committed to working with partners to strengthen the security and safety of our railway system.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||2|
|Prince Edward Island||1|