The Federal Liberals are held a caucus retreat this week in Saskatoon.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay also took time out to hold roundtable discussions with stakeholders in the grain industry.

MacAulay acknowledges that grain transportation has been a big issue for farmers, adding that a lot of work has gone into Bill C49, but he admits that once it’s passed not everything is solved.

“We’re working continually to make sure we improve. Not only to be able to sell what we had last year, but to be able to sell what we’re going to produce in two or three years. This is an ongoing issue we must address. On time delivery is so vitally important in the agriculture sector. Simply if you do not provide it when your customer wants it, someone else will. We’re going to make sure we do that.”

MacAulay says the legislation will make sure that the railways spend more money ,open double tracks,and make sure there more hopper cars.

He notes all these things need to be done, including addressing the bottleneck issue in Vancouver.

“Without a question the grain companies have certainly expanded their operations, they can load hopper cars in seconds. This is what we have to be able to do. We have to be able to load the cars, move them, get them to the ports and to the people that want them in our markets, when they want them. That’s what we have to do and this is what we will do, but it means working together farmers, railroad and government,” concluded MacAulay.

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