APAS is calling on Ottawa to impose a moratorium on closures of producer car loading sites in Saskatchewan.
President Todd Lewis is disappointed CP Rail has applied to abandon 10 producer car loading sites within two months.
“It’s very disappointing that CP, at this time when we’re in a little bit of transition now with the new legislation coming on, and a busy time for farmers that in a lot of cases they’ve advertised this and they only have 60 days, and if the Minister doesn’t step in they can go right ahead and close them. So we’re not happy with it at all.”
The sidings permit farmers to save money and bypass country elevators by loading grain cars themselves.
The proposed closures would affect Tompkins, Midale, Cupar, Markinch, Grand Coulee, Wilcox, Moosomin, Tisdale, Qu’Appelle and Duval.
If the closures are approved, CP Rail will have 26 loading sites in Saskatchewan, down from 79 in 2005.