MMA executives are “in the States. They’re with their money” and not facing questions in Quebec.

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Former Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. employees Tom Harding, right, Jean Demaitre, centre, and Richard Labrie are escorted by police to appear in court in Lac-Megantic, Que., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The trial for the three men began in Sherbrooke, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

Former Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. (MMA) train engineer Tom Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and manager of train operations, Jean Demaitre, are charged with 47 charges of criminal negligence causing death.

“People have moved on,” said Lac-Mégantic director-general Marie-Claude Arguin.

“I might be in trouble for saying this, but are the right people on trial? I don’t know.”

Residents from the small town say they just want to move on with their lives.

He still remembers hearing his friends’ cries for help as they perished in the fire.

He says he doesn’t want answers from the three men on trial; he isn’t happy that MMA executives are “in the States. They’re with their money” and not facing questions in Quebec.

“Security should be first. Not third.”

A court sketch of Crown Prosecutor Véronique Beauchamp giving her opening statements on the first day of the criminal negligence trial for the Lac-Mégantic train disaster, Mon. Oct. 2, 2017.

Mike McLachlan

After analyzing the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report, Jean-Paul Lacoursière, a chemical engineer at the Université de Sherbrooke, found that upper management should be involved in this trial — if at least to testify.

“The TSB report indicates that improper repairs were conducted on the locomotive that caught fire the tragic night.”

Lacoursière notes the TSB found that MMA lacked leadership by not effectively managing risks, implementing safety management systems and providing ineffective training.

He argues leadership must come from the highest authority in a company through procedures and resources to make sure equipment and policies are up-to-date.

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