Review of C-49

Transportation Modernization February 14, 2018

Introduction

On behalf of Cereals Canada, I want to thank the Standing Committee for the invitation to appear before you today.  Reform to legislation governing rail transportation for grain is critical if Canada is to meet growing demand and maintain our reputation as a reliable supplier.  Failure to reform our regulatory framework will negatively impact the entire value chain, including farmers, grain handlers, and exporters.  Failure to ensure our growing production is able to move to market will cost jobs across the country and limit investment in growth and innovation research.

The 2017 New Crop Mission’s Team Canadian Wheat visited Canada’s top customers and provided them with technical data and support.  Who are Canada’s top customers?  Some of the answers, like Japan will be no surprise to anyone, but many would not expect to see one of our newest top customers, Nigeria on the list.

The TPP-11 agreement raises the bar with respect to modern and progressive trading rules in Asia-Pacific and beyond. Canada’s participation demonstrates much-needed leadership in advancing trade policy cooperation on the global stage.

Organized by Cereals Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission and the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), the 2017 New Crop Missions will visit 18 countries, each of which are Canada’s top customers for wheat.  Our first stop is with the millers in Canada and the U.S.  It is often forgotten that our most important customers are on the North American continent.

Cereals Canada strongly encourages the Government of Canada to move forward with the implementation of TPP-11. We request that legislation for ratification be put before the Parliament of Canada as quickly as possible.

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