Agriculture and Forestry – May 14, 2014 – Part 1

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Agriculture and Forestry – May 14, 2014 – Part 1

Senators hear from the heads of railway companies as they continue their review of the government’s bill (C-30) to alleviate the grain backlog for Western Canadian producers.
Perry Pellerin, a manager at the Inland Terminal Association of Canada, welcomes the legislation but says that it still has not resolved the challenges faced by independent terminals. Mark Hemmes, president of the Quorum Corporation, outlines his responsibilities for monitoring the performance of grain handling and the transportation system in Western Canada. Former Conservative MP Merv Tweed, who is now president of the railway company OmniTRAX, discusses concerns about car capacity and availability. Ken Eshpeter, chairman and CEO of the Battle River Railroad, comments on the issues facing shortline railways like his. (May 14, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-30 received royal assent on May 29.