Statement by the Ministers of Transport - Governments of Canada and British Columbia act on recommendations to help improve trucking operations at Port Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Todd Stone, British Columbia's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure today welcomed recommendations from advisor Vince Ready on immediate steps to implement key elements of the Joint Action Plan released on March 26, 2014, to achieve stability in the Port Metro Vancouver trucking industry.

"Mr. Ready has submitted recommendations to Transport Canada officials, which will be acted upon quickly. These recommendations allow for wait times to be measured and truckers to be compensated accordingly, consistent with the Joint Action Plan.

"It doesn't end here. Discussions on further steps to implement the Joint Action Plan and on long-term solutions for stable and efficient trucking operations at Canada's busiest port will continue.  We are confident all parties will continue to work together to achieve long-term stability at the port.

"The efficient movement of marine containers through Port Metro Vancouver is critical to Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and the national economy. It is crucial that it continues to be a reliable and efficient port of trade for Canada."

SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Ashley Kelahear
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

Robert Adam
Media Relations
B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250-356-8241

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