MONTREAL – The Reconstruction Office officially opened its doors in Lac-Megantic’s downtown core on Saturday.
The purpose of the office is to support the reconstruction of the downtown area; decimated when a train derailed and exploded in July 2013, killing 47 people.
The office will also support the economic recovery of the town.
Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau was at the grand opening, on behalf of Navdeep Singh Bains, the minister of innovation, science and economic development.
Garneau announced that Ottawa will invest $1.9 million into the Reconstruction Office.
In a written statement, Garneau said the initiative was a “meaningful step towards revitalizing the heart of this community.”
He added that as a Quebecer, the tragedy had “affected him deeply” and he vowed to strengthen rail safety across the country to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
WATCH BELOW: Proceedings in the Lac-Mégantic settlement.
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