Feds To Review Transportation Laws a Year Early
WINNIPEG, MB — Last year’s grain backlog has prompted federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt to review transportation laws a year ahead of schedule.
“A repeat of last winter’s backlog of commodities moving by rail to port would put our long-term economic growth at risk,” officials from the Alberta government said.
The feds are reviewing the Canada Transportation Act a year earlier than required to address challenges that include moving grain.
The review will also look at:
- Canada’s strategic transportation gateways and corridors;
- Transportation safety and environmental regimes;
- The role of technological innovation in improving transportation services and infrastructure;
- The safe movement of goods through communities;
- Support for the northern transportation system;
- Federally regulated passenger rail services;
- Canada’s aviation sector and air connectivity;
- Governance and service delivery for key federal operations, assets, and agencies.
Raitt commented: "This review comes at a critical time when we need, more than ever, a safe, efficient and clean transportation system to move goods and people, and help Canadian businesses seize new opportunities and continue to compete internationally”
“We need to create the right conditions for a system that has the capacity and flexibility to respond to global and domestic demands,” she added.
Former federal cabinet minister David Emerson will head the review.