Facts you won’t hear from the association lobby
Bill C-30, the previous government’s so-called Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, was a knee-jerk political reaction to a record-breaking grain crop in Western Canada in the fall 2013. This legislation did nothing to increase the movement of Canadian grain; in fact, it continues to harm Canada’s rail supply chain by advantaging American railways and exporters, hindering supply-chain efficiency, encouraging regulatory interventions versus commercial solutions and constraining capacity-building railway infrastructure investment.
The 2013 grain crop was the largest grain crop on record – 23.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) larger than a typical year’s crop. That is the equivalent of an extra 13 stadiums (734.5M cubic ft.) full of grain to be moved to ports and to customers in the U.S.