Bill C-49 would modernize the Transportation Act and could possibly help out Saskatchewan producers with the challenges of getting their product to port by rail, but it has been stuck in the Senate since mid-December.
Saskatchewan Senator Pamela Wallin explained that the Bill is being reviewed clause-by-clause by a committee, and it’s expected to be voted on at the end of this month or early April and then it will be back for discussion in the Senate before the final vote.
Wallin isn’t on the committee discussing Bill C-49, but said she checked on it and they have met nine times since it arrived in the Senate in mid-December.
The challenge is the Bill includes more than rail transportation, so it’s a large task.
Wallin wonders if it’s taking too long if possibly the Transportation Minister could take a piece of the Bill and do something separate, realizing that spring is just around the corner for farmers.
She adds that the Senate can’t do that. It would be up to the House of Commons.