Transport bill delays blasted

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Delays in passing Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, means farmers could see another crop year with no mechanisms in place to hold the railways accountable, say the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley.

Political manoeuvring has stalled the legislation and there’s an increasing risk the bill won’t become law before the House of Commons takes its summer break on June 22.

“That means we’re running the risk of seeing another backlog before we can recover from the millions of tonnes still left in the system from this year’s delays,” said Alberta Wheat chair Kevin Bender.

The two commissions note it will take several months before some provisions in the bill can be enacted.

“We need to see Bill C-49 passed now,” said Alberta Barley chair Jason Lenz.

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