Premier Scott Moe is asking Ottawa to take action to get the grain trains running properly again.
Speaking at the SARM convention Friday in Regina, Moe says Canada’s reputation as a reliable grain supplier is being tarnished.
He adds farmers are facing financial difficulties because they can’t get their grain to market.
Moe urged Prime Minister Trudeau to set up an order in council mandating volume based deliveries and interswitching, to enable any rail company to move grain off another rail line.
He also wants tougher reciprocal penalties for the railways and shippers when there are grain movement bottlenecks.
Premier Moe also said there should be clearly outlined levels of rail service and new reporting requirements for the railways to track their performance so problems can be resolved quickly.
Premier Scott Moe is also proposing more steps to battle rural crime.
Moe outlined to SARM delegates, the new enforcement team announced last summer.
It consists of 258 armed officers, which include 120 RCMP and Conservation Officers.
Moe expects all of those officers to be deployed by later this spring.
He also wants to discuss the potential of regional policing models with municipal councillors.