All sides appear to be satisfied, at least for now, following a grain transportation meeting Wednesday night in Saskatoon.
It was called by the federal government and attended by senior railway executives, grain company officials and farm leaders.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay doesn’t want to see a repeat of the grain backlogs that impacted sales last winter.
“Everybody wants it to work, and if you work together it will work a lot better, and that’s basically what happened here today. There will be meetings like this over the next number of years I’d certainly hope, and I certainly want to see it that way,” MacAulay said.
The federal government is counting on Bill C-49 to improve the situation. There are incentives for railways to buy more locomotives and hopper cars. There is also the potential of financial penalties for poor rail service.