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"We continue to be committed
to working with the government
and stakeholders to improve
the state of transportation in
Canada."

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Canada's rail-based supply chain. Meetings,
chaired by Transport Canada, are held twice
each year. The gathering in Winnipeg was
the group's fifth meeting.
"Railways, ports, grain companies, mining
companies and others have a seat at the
table," Gullo says. "RAC and its membercompanies are committee members and see
value in helping the supply chain to better
prepare for the demands expected to be
placed on it in the future."
Louis-Paul Tardif, Director of Economic
Research and Analysis with Transport
Canada, gave a presentation called
"Performance/Utilization Analysis and Risks
for the Canadian Transportation System,"
which illustrated the overall health of the
transportation system and potential stresses
on the multimodal network.
During his presentation, Tardif explained
how data sharing between transportation
partners has positively impacted the
performance of the supply chain, and
emphasized the need for increased
participation from other shipper groups in
future.
"Railways understand the importance of
the assignment and are sharing information
on a voluntary and confidential basis to help
support systems monitoring and planning at
a high-level" says Gullo.
Craig Hutton, Director General of Strategic
Policy for Transport Canada, spoke about how
the CTA Review report, tabled in February
2016 by Transport Minister Marc Garneau,
has helped develop a long-term plan for
transportation. In his presentation, Hutton
explained that, while the report serves as a
comprehensive source of independent advice
to government, it presents an opportunity
to think more broadly about what the
transportation system should aspire to be
in the next 20 to 30 years. According to
Hutton, Canada needs "a national outlook
and system-wide perspective to improve
global competitiveness, maximizing regional
advantages."
Last April, Garneau launched an
engagement process leading to the
development of a long-term agenda for
transportation in Canada that would focus
on five themes: safer transportation; trade
corridors to global markets; green and
innovative transportation; the traveller, and

waterways, coasts; and the North. RAC and its
member-companies participated in this process.
The federal government has not indicated if
it will publish a comprehensive response to the
CTA Review report, as it did following the last
review of the act in 2001.
Hutton said that the minister would meet
with his provincial and territorial counterparts
at the next meeting of the Council of Ministers
Responsible for Transportation and Highway
Safety to further discuss these matters.
"We look forward to seeing the results of the
consultation process and how the government
plans to embrace the recommendations
put forward in the report," Gullo says. "We
continue to be committed to working with the
government and stakeholders to improve the
state of transportation in Canada."
Hutton and Lenore Duff, Director General
of Surface Transportation Policy for Transport
Canada, facilitated a closing session dedicated
to identifying key issues and discussing next
steps. It focused on three questions that are
aligned with recommendations contained in the
CTA Review report.
The first of these questions asked how to
improve data transparency across all supply
chain partners.
"Our position is that railways continue to
provide more information on their performance
than any other mode of transportation, of
which some requirements are regulatory and
others are voluntary," says Gullo. "Additional
data requirements should be viewed with
caution and, when necessary, used to support
systems monitoring rather than supplement or
supersede planning, which is best dealt with
between railways and their customers."
The second item considered whether
mediation should be a formal requirement for
resolving disputes between railways and their
customers.
"Railways support a process where
mediation is the priority before arbitration,"
Gullo points out.
The final question asked whether an
advisory committee should be created to
provide the transport minister with advice,
which would remove the requirement for the
CTA review.
"Although the principle of an advisory
committee sounds intriguing, it could add
another layer of bureaucracy if its mandate and
purpose are not clear," says Gullo.  ■



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Winter 2017

President’s message
Pacific partnerships
The big short
First-mile/last-mile
A value network
Index to Advertisers
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