LOBBYING JOBBERS: From left, Jason Kerr (HDDC), Ian Johnston (Harman Heavy Vehicle Specialists Ltd.), Sylvie Leduc (UAP Inc.), Rick Norlock (MP – Northumberland-Quinte West) and Allan Boomer (Kinedyne Canada Ltd.)
OTTAWA— When you have a broken part, you need a replacement lickety split.
You don’t want a counterfeit, and if the new part has to come from across the border, you sure wouldn’t want it held up at Customs because of tax problems. Also, if your mechanic needs access to information to keep your rigs rolling, you’ll want him to know where to go.
Those are just a few of the myriad issues faced daily by the 76-member-strong Heavy Duty Distributor Council (HDDC), the organization that unites jobbers who keep the wheels of the trucking industry lubed with parts and service.
And very recently, a delegation from the Council took their concerns to Parliament Hill and met with 12 MPs and their staffs as well as a bevy of bureaucrats and administrators so the Harper government knows about all the issues affecting the industry.
The main goal of the meet-and-greet was to introduce the MPs to the Council, its members and its goals and to ask them for support to improve access to diagnostic and repair information, and according to a statement from the Council after the October visit, “meetings were very positive and many MPs voiced their support for the heavy duty industry.”