CALGARY, AB: Today, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association released a statement in response to the introduction of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, in the House of Commons.
“Increased competition and capacity is essential for western grain farmers, and Minister Garneau’s Bill appears to include some positive changes for improved service and accountability in the grain handling and transportation system, which the Wheat Growers have been requesting for some time.
“The carrier definition is expanded to include other railways, service level provisions have been strengthened, penalties for poor performance are included, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) powers are increased with a dispute resolution process added, the Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE) remains and is amended to give railways credit individually for their capital investment, railways reporting their crop movement and winter contingency plans to the Minister—we see all of this as positive and hope it ensures improved service of railways and overall efficiencies in our grain handling system in western Canada.
“The new long-haul interswitching provisions replace the competitive line rates and extended interswitching—only time will tell if this works in a practical way to provide greater competition.”
About the Wheat Growers:
Founded in 1970, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.