Agriculture and Forestry – May 14, 2014 – Part 2

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Agriculture and Forestry – May 14, 2014 – Part 2

The committee continues with its review of the government’s bill to alleviate Western Canada’s grain backlog. Bill C-30 amends the Canada Transportation Act and the Canada Grain Act in order to move this year’s bumper crop to market more quickly and efficiently.
Claude Mongeau, president and CEO of CN, and Robert Taylor, assistant vice-president of North America advocacy for CP, express their concerns with the legislation, which they feel unfairly target railroads. An order in council announced in March obligated the two railways to move minimum quantities of grain each week or face hefty fines. Bill C-30 was introduced a few weeks later. Art Enns, an executive member of the Grain Growers of Canada, and Rick White, CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association, urge for the quick passage of the bill and offer recommendations to improve the rail transportation system. (May 14, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-30 received royal assent on May 29.