Alberta Barley ‘concerned’ over CTA review results
(Calgary, Alberta) February 25, 2016 – On news that The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has tabled the Canada Transportation Act review report in Parliament, Alberta Barley’s board of directors have indicated their reservations regarding the recommendations made in the report.
“We are concerned that aspects of these recommendations did not go far enough to address the state of rail transportation in Canada or the needs of our farmers,” said Alberta Barley chair Mike Ammeter.
Regarding the highlights relevant to Alberta’s barley farmers, the report called for the modernization and eventual elimination of the Maximum Revenue Entitlement over a seven-year period. The report also suggested that the previously extended inter-switching provision that was implemented in Bill C-30 should sunset as of Aug. 1, 2016.
Alberta Barley has long advocated for the inclusion of reciprocal penalties in service-level agreements. While the reports suggested the establishment of a “dispute resolution unit,” it lacks financial penalties that would ensure accountability to these agreements on behalf of the railways.
“We will continue to review the implications that these recommendations will have on our members,” added Ammeter. “However, we remain concerned that this report does not address the need for a competitive rail transportation system that works for everybody.”
Alberta Barley will continue to work with our fellow crop commissions and industry partners in order to gauge the full impact of these proposed measures.
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