Get grain moving now, says NDP MP


February 5, 2015 



OTTAWA – NDP deputy Agriculture Critic, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) is calling on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food Canada immediately address the continued challenges facing rail transportation of grain in Canada.

In January, a coalition of agriculture associations released a report stating that the grain industry is dealing with deteriorating rail service and an 11 per cent shortfall in the supply of railway cars.

Despite new legislation, as well as a cautionary tale from last year’s crisis, farmers are still not able to get their crop to market.

“It’s time to get the railways moving for grain farmers, it is clear the government’s efforts so far have been insufficient to tackle the crisis,” said Brosseau. “This directly affects the bottom lines of producers and our entire economy. We need to be taking a serious look at what can be done to solve these problems sooner, rather than later.”

Due to the particular impacts of deteriorating rail service on the agriculture sector, the NDP will ask the Agriculture Committee to address current setbacks and long term projections for 2015, and consult all members of the grain supply chain, including producers, elevator operators, grain companies and rail companies.

For more information, please contact:

Robin Steudel, or 613.222.2863