Western Grain Elevator Association

Western Grain Elevator Association

May 28, 2012 11:33 ET

Western Grain Elevator Association Calls for End to Rail Work Stoppage

Grain Sector Asks All Parties to Support Government Bill

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 28, 2012) - The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) called on all parties in the House of Commons to support the Government Bill being introduced today titled 'An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations.'

"Rail transport is absolutely essential to tens of thousands of Prairie farmers and the entire grain sector in western Canada," said Wade Sobkowich, Executive Director of the WGEA. "There must now be an end to the work stoppage at CP, and an end to the damaging effects it's having on growers, workers, and the broader Canadian economy."

With grain handling facilities in the country not being serviced, grain growers can't deliver their product. With port facilities on the coast not being serviced, international customers can't be supplied products, ultimately jeopardizing the food supply in destination countries.

"As obvious costs are already mounting daily, future opportunities will also be lost - not something easily recoverable once the trains start rolling again," continued Sobkowich. "It is critical for the farm gate, for the whole grain sector, and for the Canadian economy and families that Parliament passes this Bill without delay."

There are 182 grain elevators on the CP line. CP loads about 4,500 cars of grain per week. There are expected to be about 20 vessels waiting at port in Vancouver and Thunder Bay by the end of May.

The Western Grain Elevator Association is an association of seven farmer-owned, public, and private grain businesses operating in Canada, collectively handling over 90% of western Canada's bulk grain exports.

Contact Information

  • Western Grain Elevator Association
    Wade Sobkowich
    Executive Director
    +1 (204) 803-2252