Alberta Barley supports rail legislation
(Calgary, AB) December 11, 2012 — Alberta Barley is pleased with the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, Bill C-52, introduced in the House of Commons today.
“We are optimistic that this legislation will be beneficial to farmers who require a timely and efficient rail service in order to be competitive in our new marketing reality,” said Alberta Barley Chairman Matt Sawyer.
The introduction of the Fair Rail Freight Service Act—which will give companies that ship goods by rail the right to a service agreement with railways—was made today by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, along with the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
The Act will also create a window for arbitration when commercial discussions fail. Under the proposed legislation, an administrative regulatory penalty of up to $100,000 could be issued by the Canadian Transportation Agency for each violation of an arbitrated service level agreement.
“This Act will inspire railways and shippers to work together,” said Sawyer. “This will be vital to our success both nationally and internationally.”
Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s barley farmers. The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of its producers.
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