Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

March 02, 2007 19:50 ET

Federal Government Says No to Ontario Truckers

TORONTO, ONTAIRO--(CCNMatthews - March 2, 2007) - At a press conference in Victoria this afternoon following a meeting of the country's energy ministers, the federal minister of Natural Resources Canada, Gary Lunn, said the Government of Canada will continue to do "everything it possibly can" to resolve the current diesel fuel shortage plaguing the Ontario trucking industry, but it will not allow the industry to use off-road diesel fuel - a request made by the Ontario Trucking Association at the beginning of the week. The minister was short on specifics of what the federal government might do but stated it is "doing the best it can in a tough situation" by speaking to oil companies and railways about redistributing fuel from other parts of Canada to Ontario. He also complemented the Ontario government on its efforts to date.

OTA president, David Bradley, said "we've known from the outset that the regulatory solution presented challenges for the federal government but we had hoped that they would have been able to find a way to work with oil industry, which created this problem in the first place, to make it happen."

"Obviously we are disappointed that the federal government could not, or would not, find a way around this regulatory roadblock despite the support of the provincial government for such a measure. Now we can only hope that the oil industry's assurances are accurate and that things will stabilize soon. We have no other choice. For now it will be up to every trucker to find their own solution to the fuel shortage."

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Ontario Trucking Association
    Doug Switzer, Manager of Government Relations
    (416) 249-7401 Ext 238
    or
    Ontario Trucking Association
    Rebecka Torn
    Manager of Communications
    (416) 249-7401 x 224
    Website: www.ontruck.org