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CTA Review Vision Announcement – Agriculture Stakeholder Reactions


Alberta Wheat Commission:

We congratulate Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for his role in the development of this strategy.”

http://www.albertawheat.com/media/press-releases/alberta-wheat-commission-applauds-federal-government-for-strategic-plan-on-transportation

 

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

“Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay held a teleconference meeting with farm leaders immediately following Minister Garneau’s announcement, during which he emphasized that the government will consult with farmers as it continues to examine the MRE program and prepares legislation to be tabled in the spring of 2017.”

http://www.cfa-fca.ca/media-centre/news-releases/2016/new-federal-transportation-strategy-headed-right-direction

 

Cereals Canada

Cereals Canada thanks both Minister Garneau and Minister MacAulay, their staff and the Departments for their efforts on this critical issue.  We look forward to continuing to work with them to move the policies announced today into legislative reality.” Concluded Dahl.”

https://twitter.com/L_MacAulay

 

Canadian Canola Growers Association

“Today’s announcement is a positive step toward a more transparent and responsive rail system for shippers,” says Halstead. “We look forward to working with the government and other stakeholders to ensure the details of the vision create progressive change into the future,” says Halstead”

http://www.ccga.ca/about/press-releases/Pages/Canola-Farmers-Welcome-Introduction-of-Reciprocal-Penalties-in-New-Vision-for-Transportation.aspx

 

Canadian Oilseeds Processors Association

“COPA would also like to thank Ministers Garneau and MacAulay for committing to find ways to improve access and timelines for Canada Transportation Agency decisions. “Any tools we can give the CTA to improve its oversight of the system will be of tremendous benefit to all players,” concluded Vervaet.”

http://www.ccga.ca/about/press-releases/Pages/default.aspx

 

Canola Council of Canada

“Grain shippers have long been bound to performance standards with financial penalty, however, no mechanism has existed for shippers to hold railways commercially accountable for their level of service,” says Rick White, CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). “Incorporating reciprocal penalties into service level agreements has the potential to elevate the accountability in the supply chain to include the railways.”

 

Grain Growers of Canada

“ Throughout the consultation process, Canada’s grain farmers and other players in the grain supply chain have stressed the urgent need for measures that will create a level playing field between the railways and shippers. The inclusion of reciprocal penalties, a clear definition for “adequate and suitable service”, and extended interswitching in the Transportation 2030 plan demonstrates that the government recognizes the importance of agriculture and rail shippers in our country’s economy.”

http://ggc-pgc.ca/docs/11-03-2016%20-%20Transportation%202030%20plan%20paves%20way%20for%20a%20level%20playing%20field%20for%20grain%20shippers.pdf

 

Saskatchewan Wheat Commission

“Minister Garneau announced several changes to the Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) and indicated that extended interswitching and the Maximum Revenue Entitlements (MRE) will be addressed. In a follow-up teleconference with agriculture groups, Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay outlined a commitment for legislation to be put forward in the first quarter of 2017 that will include reciprocal penalties for inadequate railway services and provide a clear definition of adequate and suitable service.”

http://www.saskwheatcommission.com/newspost/news-release-western-farmers-voices-heard-on-grain-transportation/

  

Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission

“The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission is optimistic for the future of grain handling and transportation following the announcement of the Strategic Plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada by Minister of Transport Marc Garneau…

…In a follow-up teleconference with agriculture groups, Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay outlined a commitment for legislation to be put forward in the first quarter of 2017 that will include reciprocal penalties for inadequate railway services and provide a clear definition of adequate and suitable service”

http://www.saskwheatcommission.com/press/western-farmers-voices-heard-on-grain-transportation/

  

Soy Canada

“It is clear that Minister Garneau and Minister MacAulay have listened and acted on the rail transportation priorities of the grains and oilseeds sector,” said Jim Everson, Executive Director of Soy Canada.  “We will continue to work closely with the government in the coming months to ensure that the spirit and intent of this announcement is fully captured in the legislation to be introduced in the spring.”

http://soycanada.ca/blog/2016/11/03/soy-canada-applauds-federal-governments-commitment-to-introduce-reciprocal-penalties-in-service-level-agreements-for-grain-transportation/

  

Western Grain Elevator Association

“WGEA Executive Director Wade Sobkowich. “We’re thankful that Minister Garneau and Minister MacAulay understand just how fundamental this is to grain farmers and the industry.”

 

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

“The announcement by Minister Garneau this morning is good news for western grain farmers, shippers, and our customers at home and abroad.  By stating this morning that ‘we need goods to get where they’re going’, it’s clear Minister Garneau—and Minister MacAulay—have been listening and are now taking concrete action, which we commend.

http://wheatgrowers.ca/news/wheat-growers-statement-on-the-federal-transportation-2030-plan