OTTAWA, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - In response to calls from The Liberal Party of
Canada for increased government intervention in Canada's rail freight
system Cliff Mackay, President of the Railway Association of Canada
"The Liberal Party of Canada has not done its homework and has taken a
one sided view of the modern rail freight system. Had they possessed
the intellectual curiosity to read the research commissioned by the
Rail Freight Service Review Panel, they would have agreed that no
research was undertaken on the issue of market power.
Further, had the Liberal Party of Canada thought to consult the rail
industry or, anyone else beyond shippers, they would have been pointed
to research commissioned during the review of the Canadian
Transportation Act that concluded definitively that no abuse of railway
market power exists in Canada.
Canada's rail industry is a driving force of the Canadian economy that
moves 75% of all goods every year, relieving road congestion and limit
harmful emissions and employing some 35,000 people throughout Canada.
We have helped to build a competitive advantage for businesses and
communities alike, and can continue to do so.
The rail industry supports the Rail Freight Service Review Panel's
progressive view that commercial approaches are vastly superior to
additional regulation in providing market-based incentives for parties
to work together. Staying the course with a commercial framework is the
best way to encourage investments and sustain service innovation with
lasting benefits for all stakeholders involved resulting in a win-win
situation for railways and the shipping communities alike," concluded
About the Railway Association of Canada
The Railway Association of Canada represents some 50 freight, tourist, commuter and intercity Canadian
railways, their more than 35,000 employees, and over 45 associate
suppliers and partners. Rail moves more than 70 million passengers and
75 per cent of our nation's goods annually in an environmentally
sustainable manner, generating only three per cent of the transport
sector's greenhouse gas emissions.
SOURCE Railway Association of Canada
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