Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier and Minister of Transportation Brian Mason have issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s recently announced plans to improve the Canadian rail transportation system:
“Alberta’s reputation as a world-class supplier of food, energy and other commodities relies on an effective, reliable transportation network. It is essential to our ongoing efforts to create jobs and grow and diversify our economy.
“Our government has advocated on behalf of our farm families and businesses for improvements, including the use of reciprocal penalties in service level agreements, to strengthen accountability and improve efficiency in our rail system. Legislative reform is essential to ensuring the effective performance of the grain supply chain.”
“We welcome the planned legislation changes announced this morning by federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, and the commitment to invest in transportation infrastructure initiatives. We are looking forward to seeing more details of the plan.
“We will continue to work closely with the federal government to ensure that Canada’s transportation network meets the needs of Alberta industry and other users of the rail system.”