There’s more than a few people who’ve been disappointed by the major railways this winter.
Backlogs, staffing issues and diminished service caused great problem with many of the workers and employees in Canada’s commodity based sectors, including here in Saskatchewan.
- Saskatchewan farmers livid over underwhelming grain movement performance
- Shockingly slow movement of grain via railway frustrating Ag Minister Stewart
- Sask legislature discusses poor rail movement of grain
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale spoke about the issue Friday at a press conference at the University of Regina.
Plain and simple, the railway companies didn’t pull their weight this winter.
“The railways, in my humble opinion, let Canada down,” he said. “In all of the commodity sectors, where the railways should be providing a substantial and respectable level of service, they’ve dropped the ball.”
- Ag Minister Stewart rips railways for lack of Saskatchewan grain movement
- Premier Moe calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to get grain movement back on track
- CN Rail exec says steps taken to improve winter grain movement going forward
Goodale was sure to note the railways have made some progress, but much more consistent and growth is needed from them now and into the future.
“The number of car spottings per week, has over the last couple of weeks, has consistently been over 5000 per week from each railway,” he said. “That’s a clear improvement from where they were at the beginning of the year.”
“But that level of improvement has to be sustained and it has to expanded to make sure that all commodities are moving efficiently.”