Since the Lac Megantic rail tragedy in 2013, and numerous other rail incidents in Canada, the issue of rail safety has had high visibility with the Canadian public. Transport Action Ontario and its affiliates has been vocal in on this issue. There are numerous posting on this website on the topic of rail safety.
Transport Action Ontario has been assisting a non-government organization, called Safe Rail Communities, to advocate with the federal government on improved rail safety. As part of the recent Federal Election, each party was solicited for their commitment to improve rail safety. The response from the Liberal Party of Canada was particularly encouraging, and is available for viewing at this link:
We are also pleased to note that the issue of reinforcing rail safety is cited in the mandate letter to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau.