NFU Response to CTA Questions on Western grain transportation
Download PDF version <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanResponse to Canadian Transportation Agency’s Fact Finding Questions for Stakeholders </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanfor advice to the Minister of Transport on the movement of Western grain by rail.</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanJune 20, 2014</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has been tasked with providing preliminary, timely, confidential advice to the Minister of Transport on the question of the movement of Western grain by rail. To that end, the Agency is gathering specific information and taking into account a number of factors, including: Read more
CBC: Wheat Board and Rail Backlog
NFU member Dean Harder speaks about post-single desk CWB grain transport debacle on Lang and O'Leary show. Note: the tag line is incorrect, Dean never said the backlog wouldn't have happened under the CWB, he did talk about how the CWB would have handled the volume more efficiently. Read more
NFU says farmers bear enormous costs from Ritz’s failure to plan
(March 10, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – Although grain movement has been down since the beginning of November, 2013, Minister Ritz and Minister Raitt announced that railways would be required to double the grain volumes currently being shipped just as those companies were ready to gear up anyway. Ian McCreary, former CWB director and National Farmers Union (NFU) member, asked “Why now? Why wait four months to announce concrete actions that could have been taken much earlier?“ The railways will have four weeks to ramp up to ship a combined total of 1,000,000 metric tonnes a week or be penalized up to $100,000 per day for non-compliance. McCreary describes the problems with grain transportation as a big picture issue. Read more
Op Ed – Backlog in Grain is Connected to Backlog in Democracy
by Jan SlompBelieve it or not, there is a relationship between the backlog in prairie grain and the “Fair Elections Act.” Here’s how.As prairie farmers wait anxiously for the backlog in grain transportation to be resolved and for prices that at least cover cost of production, Minister Ritz and friends continue to meet with devotion in the sanctuary of “free-dumb.” Farmers on the prairies can no longer afford these bizarre ideas from Ritz and Co. Read more
Grain Farmers Paying the Price for Post-Single Desk Logistics Failure
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanFebruary 5, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSaskatoon) </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span-Farmers should not expect prices to go up, or more grain to be moved, anytime soon, as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is only calling for more numbers, reports and discussions among railways, elevator companies and grain companies while farmers’ costs mount and prices tank as a result of Canada’s wrecked grain transportation system. Read more