POLITICS

Some quotes by railway executive Edward Burkhardt at his news conference

07/10/2013 02:36 EDT | Updated 09/09/2013 05:12 EDT
LAC MEGANTIC, Que. - Edward Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, held a news conference in Lac-Megantic, Que., on Wednesday to discuss last weekend's fatal train derailment. Some quotes from him and some of the people who heckled him:

''A whole lot less than I was Saturday.'' — When Burkhardt was asked how much he is worth.

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''Let the chips fall where they may.'' — Response to a question about potential criminal proceedings.

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''I don't think he'll be back working for us.'' — Answer to a question about an engineer he says failed to properly set the brakes on the train.

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''We owe an abject apology to the people in this town.''

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''I feel absolutely awful about this. I'm devastated by what's occurred in this community. I have never been involved in anything remotely approaching this in my whole life.''

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''Later, we'll clean up all the wrecked cars and build track back and start to run trains through here again. Very carefully, I might tell you.''

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''I wanted to see my children's murderer. And I wanted to see the murderer of other people from here who didn't ask to die.'' — Raymond Lafontaine, who fears he has lost his son, two daughters-in-law and one of his employees.

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"It actually makes us more angry that he's here because I think he's shameless." — Teenager Alyssia Bolduc.