Federal government puts transportation review into high gear

Recommendations coming next year Alliance Grain Traders boss among advisers

Federal transport minister Lisa Raitt has announced the statutory review of Canadian transportation legislation will take place a year ahead of schedule.


The government had promised to accelerate the review after serious problems with grain transportation last fall and through the winter. Raitt launched the review at a Winnipeg announcement.


Former cabinet minister David Emerson will head the review. Five advisers include Murad Al-Katib from Regina-based Alliance Grain Traders Inc.; David Cardin, a former president of shipper Maersk Canada; Duncan Dee, former chief operating officer of Air Canada; Marie-Lucie Morin, a former federal civil servant who also worked at the World Bank; and Marcella Szel, currently board chair of TransLink, Vancouver’s transportation authority, who also serves on the board of the Global Transportation Hub in Regina.


Raitt said last week that the review will look at the Canada Transportation Act and other legislation that relates to transportation.


Emerson is to submit recommendations to the minister by late next year.