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Sask., Alta. push to toughen grain handling legislation


March 18, 2014
By The Canadian Press

March 18, 2014, Regina – Saskatchewan and Alberta are calling for
tougher federal laws for the grain transportation system after a bottleneck
that has left crops sitting in bins across the Prairies.

March 18, 2014, Regina – Saskatchewan and Alberta are calling for
tougher federal laws for the grain transportation system after a bottleneck
that has left crops sitting in bins across the Prairies.

An emergency order earlier this month from
the federal government set minimum targets for railways of 11,000 cars a week
and fines of up to $100,000 per day for failing to meet those targets.

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But Saskatchewan says upcoming federal
legislation should set a minimum of 13,000 grain cars per week and bump up the
penalty to $250,000 per day.

Saskatchewan and Alberta both say money
collected should benefit the farmers instead of landing in the federal coffers.
 

Alberta also says there should be increased
rail-track access so grain shippers can receive competitive service from more
than one rail company.

The legislation is expected to be tabled
when Parliament returns next week.