Idea alert

Olivia Chow has a introduced a private member’s bill that would make side guards mandatory for large trucks.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to move the cyclists-pedestrian protection act that would help prevent senseless deaths by being pulled under the back wheels of large trucks. The bill calls for the mandatory installation of side guards on trucks. It is a safety measure used in many other nations.

The bill is too late for Jenna Morrison, a pregnant mom who was tragically killed while riding her bicycle in Toronto last week, but it is not too late for the ones she left behind. It is not too late for Lucas, her five-year-old son.

Asked by Ms. Chow during Question Period this week, Steven Fletcher, the Minister of State for Transport, was not entirely dismissive of the proposal.

Edward Keenan notes how long this idea has been discussed without any action.

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