April 30, 2018

Media Advisory – Grain industry hosts media teleconference on C-49 amendments

OTTAWA (April 30, 2018) – On April 27, 2018 Transport Minister Marc Garneau tabled amendments to Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act. The amendments address long-standing requests from the grain supply chain and build on amendments made by the Senate.

The current grain transportation system is imbalanced and puts grain farmers and shippers at a distinct disadvantage, as seen with the severe grain shipping backlog experienced this year. Bill C-49, with the key amendments, will create a system that works for all parties.

Leaders representing grain farmers, shippers and processors will be available to answer the media’s questions regarding the crucial amendments, the need to pass C-49, as well as the ongoing rail backlog in the Prairies.

Media Availability Details:

WHO: Speakers include:
• Jeff Nielsen, President, Grain Growers of Canada
• Wade Sobkowich, Executive Director, Western Grain Elevator Association
• Chris Vervaet, Executive Director, Canadian Oilseed Processors Association

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST

WHERE: Via teleconference:
To register journalists are asked to contact Lindsey Ehman at the coordinates below or via return email. Conference call-in details will be provided once participants have registered.

Please note that this event is presented exclusively to media. Post-event phone interviews may also be arranged.

Media Contact:
Lindsey Ehman
Manager, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
(o): 613-233-9954 ext. 202
(c): 613-222-2726
(e): lehman@ggc-pgc.ca

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