OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Chemistry Industry Association of
Canada (CIAC) appeared before the Standing Committee on Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities today, to recommend key amendments to
Bill C-52, the Fair Rail Freight Service bill.
The intent of this legislation is to provide greater balance to
commercial negotiations between shippers and Canadian railways, while
ensuring improved rail performance.
As Canada's third-largest manufacturing sector, the chemistry industry
is very dependent on the railway system - with over two-thirds of its
annual shipments moved by rail.
"Getting this bill right is essential to the success of many Canadian
industries - including ours - and ultimately, to the success of the
Canadian economy," says Fiona Cook, CIAC's Director of Business and
Economics. "Drafting Bill C-52 was an important first step - but it
needs to be enhanced and strengthened in order to achieve its
CIAC recommends the following key amendments to the bill:
Bill C-52 should define what core elements service-level agreements must
include, such as minimum levels, quality, and timeliness of service.
All references to the word "operational" should be removed from the
bill, as this would unnecessarily limit the scope of service-level
"If Canada is to create jobs, expand its trade opportunities and grow
its economy, better customer-railway partnerships are essential," says
Richard Paton, CIAC's President and CEO."By making these amendments to
Bill C-52, we'll ensure that Canada's future economic growth is on the
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada is the voice of Canada's
$47-billion chemistry sector, which employs 87,000 Canadians directly,
and supports another 435,000 jobs in the Canadian economy.
SOURCE: Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
For further information:
Director, Business & Economics
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada