Canada to force minimum rail grain shipments as backlog builds

The Canadian government is proposing legislation that would force the country’s two main railway companies, Canadian National Railway (CNI -0.8%) and Canadian Pacific (CP -1.2%), to allow commodities shippers to switch between their rail lines for greater distances at no additional cost.

The move would attempt to boost shippers’ flexibility in getting products to market by easing rail bottlenecks, but the rail companies are unhappy; CN Rail says it is "disturbed that the government has decided to punish railways with re-regulation for an outsized crop and winter conditions totally beyond their control."

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    Shame on you CN and CP for acting like a bullied school boy in the playground....shoe is on the other foot now eh! You two Class 1 (or maybe Classless) railways have bullied your employee's, both unionized and non unionized, for the past few years with intimidation and harassing tactics to get 'better' production or whatever to 'control' your manpower and now you feel bullied by the government to order you guys to haul a product that you are totally obligated to haul for the sake of World Humanity! Shame on you! The world needs this grain and you have the audacity to suggest 'it was a bad winter'. Well boo's Canada....we have winter every year but apparently you weren't prepared for winter! Comon' man! That's like Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada not preparing for a flood every year in the Red River Valley! They built a bypass floodway decades ago and expanded it almost 10 years ago. So why all of a sudden you railways aren't ready for a winter? Also to suggest a bumper crop last year.....well we do get those once in a while as well. I have worked for CP the past 30 years and to see the excuses coming out of these companies is embarrassing. We have good people working here, both union and non unionized people so I'm not taking sides because I'm in a union. CP has sold off a lot of grain cars the past while for $7500 per for scrap.....there is nothing wrong with them other than maybe a small percentage. The Canadian taxpayer paid for those cars years ago......we actually called them Trudeau's, after the late and former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. How about reimbursing the taxpayer with that cash? You have an obligation to the world to haul this grain, but in the past couple since our CEO Hunter Harrison came on it was nothing but cut cut cut.....resulting in many families being disrupted and we know what the real deal is here.....they do not want to haul this grain as it doesn't make any money compared to intermodal. Don't blame the guys working in the field either as CP alone has at least 40 SDMac90 locomotives moth-balled in Winnipeg alone, so locomotives aren't an issue nor manpower as many layoffs in CP alone and when they recalled some the past few months, many moved on to brighter pastures!! Look through the smoke screen before making final judgment on the government passing legislation on this topic. Finally good on our government to do something positive.
    28 Mar 2014, 04:49 AM Reply Like
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