Will the Trains Run on Time – Or at All?
CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers calls upon the federal government to prepare for a strike by CP Rail. “Wheat growers have suffered through the abysmal rail transportation problems this past growing season and now may have to face a strike by CP Rail. This is making a bad problem even worse,” said Levi Wood, President.
The WCWG recognizes the rights of workers to negotiate their contracts, but wheat growers have had poor support from the rail industry this year and need to have assurances that they can move their product to market. Global buyers will find alternate suppliers if we cannot deliver our product. This impacts not just middle class growers, but ripples out to all of our suppliers and the communities that we live in.
The Wheat Growers needs the assurances that the federal government will move quickly on this issue, including back to work legislation, to ensure that product will continue to move to market.
“As a grain grower in Western Canada, our markets are questioning whether or not we can meet the buyer demands. Our federal government needs to step up and assure our buyers that we can meet the global needs,” closed Daryl Fransoo, Director.
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.