Grain producers still pushing for improved rail service

first_imgThe Senate is being urged to pass Bill C-49, ensuring long term solutions to rail transportation, to improve farmers’ ability to get their grain to market.A group of farmers recently made a presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications explaining the impact of rail service problems.They are not pleased with the ongoing situation and want to see the system fixed long-term.The passing of the bill, which will include reciprocal penalties, was delayed before Christmas.Alberta Wheat Director Warren Sekulic said the rail service has been poor and seems to be collapsing.“CN right now has only delivered on the last — the latest shipment — it’s only delivered on 17 per cent of their car orders,” he said.“So, what that means for farmers is that the grain is sitting in storage on farms, or in elevators and it’s not being moved to port.”Sekulic said they felt their concerns were met by a lot of sympathetic ears, although he said he still does not have a clear timeline on when it will be passed.last_img