March 29, 2018

Grain producers welcome Senate passage of C-49

Imperative that House of Commons passes Bill quickly with the Senate’s amendments

OTTAWA (March 29, 2018) – Canada’s grain producers are applauding the Senate’s passage today of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act with requested amendments.

“It’s clear the Senate heard farmers’ voices and did its job and provided sober second thought,” said Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) President, Jeff Nielsen. “With the proposed improvements, Bill C-49 will provide meaningful tools that the shippers need to hold railways to account, increase competition and bring better rail service to the grain industry.”

Recognizing that this is a unique opportunity to fix the power imbalance between grain shippers and the railways, grain farmers put forward three amendments to make C-49 a more balanced bill. The Senate Committee agreed that Bill C-49 as originally drafted left too much power in the hands of the railways and adopted the amendments to make C-49 stronger. These amendments include adding soybeans to the Maximum Revenue Entitlement, improving shipper accessibility to long-haul interswitching, and own motion power for the Canadian Transportation agency.

“We applaud the work of the Senate, and in particular the Transportation committee, for their thorough review of the Bill,” said GGC Vice President, Art Enns. “Now we are counting on the members of the House of Commons to work together and pass C-49 as soon as possible.”

Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 13 provincial, regional and national grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

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Lindsey Ehman
Manager, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
(o): 613-233-9954 ext. 202
(c): 613-222-2726

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