Transportation Minister Marc Garneau will hold his first face-to-face meeting with grain producers on October 20th in Saskatoon.
It will give farm organizations an opportunity to discuss the ongoing review of the Canada Transportation Act.
The CTA review’s final report included a recommendation that the Maximum Revenue Entitlement or MRE be scrapped within seven years.
The MRE places a cap on the amount of money railways can charge for shipping grain.
Norm Hall, President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, says the October 20th meeting with Garneau will be very important.
He says if the MRE is scrapped, studies show farmers could see a 25 to 30 per-cent increase in grain freight rates, meaning a 300 to 400 million dollar increase in freight costs per year to prairie farmers.
Hall says the railways have been able to talk to the federal transport minister and now it is time for farmers to tell the minister how they feel.
He expects a broad cross-section of farm groups to attend the meeting, similar to a meeting held in Regina in Mid-August with farm groups and senior federal officials including the federal minister of Agriculture and Regina MP Ralph Goodale.