Minister Raitt highlights importance of strong and vibrant trucking industry in speech to Canadian Trucking Alliance Board

MONTREAL, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, underscored the importance of the trucking industry to Canada's long-term economic growth in a speech today to  the bi-annual meeting of Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) Board members.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the critical role the trucking industry plays in our transportation system, the Canadian economy, and our trading relationship with the United States," said Minister Raitt. "We will continue to work with other governments, businesses and stakeholders, such as the CTA, to strengthen safety in the trucking industry".

Minister Raitt also addressed topics such as safety and environmental regulations, the shortage of drivers, and recent Government of Canada investments in border infrastructure, technology and security.

Minister Raitt reiterated the Government of Canada's commitment to working with other governments and key stakeholders to support long-term infrastructure projects.

The CTA is a federation of provincial trucking associations representing a broad cross-section of the trucking industry—some 4,500 carriers, owner-operators and industry suppliers.

The CTA represents the industry's viewpoint on national and international policy, regulatory and legislative issues that affect trucking.

SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Ashley Kelahear
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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