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Barley Council Applauds Bill C-30, Looks to Future

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/30/14 -- The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) commends the passing of Bill C-30, and looks forward to a more sustainable future for Canada's transportation system.

The national Council joined Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz today in Fort Saskatchewan to recognize the official passing of Bill C-30.

"We applaud the approval of Bill C-30 and believe it provides a significant opportunity to grow our economy at home and secure our reputation as a reliable trading partner internationally," said Brian Otto, BCC chair. "We want to thank the government for their collective attention and commitment to this matter."

The newly passed Bill C-30 orders rail companies to compensate any person adversely affected for any expense incurred for failure to fulfill service obligations.

"The BCC is pleased with the government's action, and their emphasis on accountability," said Otto. "While the grain backlog gets addressed, we urge the entire value chain to continue to work towards a viable, transparent and competitive rail system for everyone."

As a next step, BCC recommends the government prioritize the upcoming review of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA).

"From a farmer perspective, Bill C-30 reaffirms the government's commitment to move Canadian grain," said Alberta Barley Chairman Matt Sawyer. "A CTA review is the next step required to build a rail transportation system that will effectively meet the needs of Canadian shippers and customers while growing the economy."

As part of the review process, the Council will continue to seek language that clearly states the rights and obligations of all parties with more specific definition of the terms "adequate and suitable accommodation," as well as the reference to "service obligations." Members of the national Council will also continue to advocate for the inclusion of penalty provisions as a mandatory component of all service level agreements.

"Let's build upon today's success and work together to ensure our national economic security for the future - and for all Canadians," said Otto.

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