TSB's independence questioned on eve of disaster

The remains of a burnt train are seen in Lac Megantic, Quebec in this July 8, 2013 file photo....

The remains of a burnt train are seen in Lac Megantic, Quebec in this July 8, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

Brian Daly, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

MONTREAL- On the eve of the long-awaited report into the Lac-Megantic railway disaster, a think-tank says the probe won't address systemic problems with Canada's railway network.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says lax federal regulators are as much to blame as negligent railway workers for the derailment and explosion that killed 47 people last summer.

Study author Bruce Campbell issued his report a day before the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) was to release its findings into the disaster.

"Will (the TSB) tone down its criticism of Transport Canada or sidestep issues (which) could prevent a future Lac-Megantic disaster?" said the Ottawa-based research group that was harshly critical of the Conservative government.

"Major regulatory proposals will not generally move forward without the nod from the Prime Minister's Office," Campbell added.

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