By Bruce Campbell, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
10 months after disaster struck the town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec government prosecutors laid criminal charges against three front-line employees of Montréal Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA).
Each suspect, paraded publicly in handcuffs in a classic U.S. style “perp walk,” was charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death.
Residents reacted with disbelief at the travesty of the bankrupt MMA, which was also charged and only faces fines if convicted. Its senior executives, directors, and owners have escaped prosecution while the three employees face life behind bars.
For those hoping to achieve justice through the criminal courts, this is a cautionary tale.
The producers who loaded their explosive Bakken oil onto unsafe tank cars face no charges.
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