CALGARY, June 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Pulse Canada and the Canadian Special
Crops Association (CSCA) welcomed guests from the ag industry and
across all shipping sectors to the Pulse and Special Crops Annual
Convention today in Calgary. Representatives from agriculture, mining,
chemicals and forestry industries were in attendance to share their
vision with David Emerson, Chair of the Canada Transportation Act
Review, Murad Al-Katib an advisor on the Review Panel and members of
the Review Secretariat.
"The consultation phase is drawing to a close, so it's fitting that Mr.
Emerson and Mr. Al-Katib have this unique opportunity to understand the
points on which shippers from all sectors have reached agreement," says
Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada and the CSCA. "Exporters share a
vision; Canada will be seen by its customers as the most consistent and
reliable supplier in the world. We look forward to seeing the vision
for the Canadian economy held by the Review Panel as reflected in their
recommendations," says Bacon.
The Coalition of Rail Shippers (CRS) has put forward a submission to the
Review Panel that includes 5 key themes designed to ensure the
recommendations to Government 1.) Reflect National Transportation Policy and focus on the needs of the users of the transportation system; 2.)
Protect and strengthen the statutory service obligations within the
Act; 3.) Improve data collection and availability to increase
transparency and accountability in the rail freight market; 4.) Provide
investigative powers to the Canadian Transportation Agency and; 5.)
Ensure that railway capacity is established at levels that will meet
growing demand. The CRS is a coalition of 18 associations representing
the interests of agriculture, forestry, mining, steel, automotive,
chemicals, fertilizer, recycling, renewable fuels and retail
"The recommendations put forward by the CRS are well aligned with
Canadian pulse and special crops industry interests," says Greg
Northey, Pulse Canada's Director of Industry Relations. "Pulse Canada
and the CSCA have worked hard to reach consensus amongst ag industry
stakeholders. This Review of the Transportation Act is about more than
agriculture and the combined voice of all shippers is important as the
process transitions to the recommendation phase and ultimately
Government action phase," says Northey.
"The level of interest and engagement in this process from all industry
players has been very high. We believe this Panel has heard the
message; it's time to create the policy framework that puts the needs
of the economy and the competitiveness of Canadian businesses first,"
says Lee Moats, Chair of Pulse Canada. "The recommendations that have
been put forward are bold; they're designed to transform not tinker
around the edges. It's time for a new national dream and it starts
with the recommendations made by the Panel," says Moats.
Pulse Canada is the national association of growers, traders and
processors of Canadian pulse crops. Canada is the world's largest
supplier pulses, with annual exports reaching more than 150 countries.
The Canadian Special Crops Association is the national industry
association representing processors and exporters of special crops in
Canada. Canadian special crops include pulses - beans, peas, lentils
and chickpeas - as well as buckwheat, sunflowers, mustard and
SOURCE Pulse Canada
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For further information:
Greg Northey, Director, Industry Relations, Pulse Canada & CSCA, (613) 868-5028, and email@example.com