CN calls freight service legislation unnecessary risk to system

Canada’s largest railway says the introduction of new freight service regulations that include fines is an unnecessary intrusion that puts the engine of the country’s economic growth at risk.

Canada’s largest railway says the introduction of new freight service regulations that include fines is an unnecessary intrusion that puts the engine of the country’s economic growth at risk.

“Such an approach would stifle innovation, chill the positive service momentum that’s taken hold and result in potentially unintended consequences for the rail industry and the customers we serve,” CN president and chief executive Claude Mongeau said Tuesday after the federal government tabled a long-awaited legislation.

He said there is no evidence of systematic rail service performance problems in Canada that warrants Ottawa’s intervention to level the playing field with shippers who have long complained about poor service.

“The objective fact is that Canada has a world-class rail system, one known internationally for efficiency and reliability — a key asset for a trading nation like Canada — and that reflects a well-functioning market for rail services.”

Amendments to the Canada Transportation Act were announced Tuesday in Winnipeg by Transport Minister Denis Lebel and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

The changes follow a five-year review of service provided to shippers such as grain handlers, miners and manufacturers by federally regulated railways such as Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP).

Lebel said legislation gives shippers the right to an arbitrated service agreement if negotiations with the railway fail.

Just Posted

Drilling forecast goes from bad to worse after slow start to summer deployments

CALGARY — The Canadian oilfield services sector is expected to continue to… Continue reading

Twisted weather: Alberta ahead of average tornado count at 17 so far this year

EDMONTON — Alberta storm chaser Chris Kiernan has hardly had a moment’s… Continue reading

Two teens thought to be missing now suspects in 3 northern B.C. deaths

SURREY, B.C. — Two teenagers who were thought to be missing are… Continue reading

Court orders Elections Canada to review moving voting day over religious worries

OTTAWA — A Federal Court judge has ordered Canada’s chief electoral officer… Continue reading

Saskatchewan farmers convert old grain bins into unlikely tourist cabins

Nothing says “Saskatchewan” quite like spending a night inside an old grain… Continue reading

World’s second-ranked amateur Andrea Lee out in front at Canadian Women’s Am

Andrea Lee hasn’t played golf in over a month but showed no… Continue reading

Opinion: RCMP and military legal settlements ignore accountability

If you asked Canadians which institutions stand at the heart of our… Continue reading

Drilling forecast goes from bad to worse after slow start to summer deployments

CALGARY — The Canadian oilfield services sector is expected to continue to… Continue reading

Twisted weather: Alberta ahead of average tornado count at 17 so far this year

EDMONTON — Alberta storm chaser Chris Kiernan has hardly had a moment’s… Continue reading

Two teens thought to be missing now suspects in 3 northern B.C. deaths

SURREY, B.C. — Two teenagers who were thought to be missing are… Continue reading

Court orders Elections Canada to review moving voting day over religious worries

OTTAWA — A Federal Court judge has ordered Canada’s chief electoral officer… Continue reading

Saskatchewan farmers convert old grain bins into unlikely tourist cabins

Nothing says “Saskatchewan” quite like spending a night inside an old grain… Continue reading

25 million historical artifacts will get new home in capital region

OTTAWA — Many of the country’s priceless historical artifacts — and millions… Continue reading

Federal NDP and Greens, provincial opposition call for review of Glen Assoun case

HALIFAX — Opposition leaders in Ottawa and Nova Scotia are calling for… Continue reading

Most Read