There were lots of smiles and congratulations at the celebration for the signing of Bill C-49. Here Art Enns, Grain Growers of Canada Vice President, left, and Ralph Eichler, centre, are in good moods after lauding the legislative achievement in official remarks at an event held outside Winnipeg at a Richardson elevator. | Ed White photo

Farm groups applaud passing of Bill C-49

Grain transportation measures four years in the making will be in place for the next crop year now that Bill C-49 has received Royal Assent. Then, the analysis of its effectiveness will begin. Most farm organizations widely lauded the legislation and lobbied for its passage even while acknowledging it isn’t perfect. Jeff Nielsen, president of […] Read more

Canadian National Railway is considering the purchase of 1,000 new grain hopper cars, but it is “contingent on the passage of Bill C-49 without amendments,” J.J. Ruest, the company’s interim president and chief executive officer, said during an April 24 conference call with investors. | File photo

CN requires unamended Bill C-49 to buy hopper cars

Canadian National Railway is considering the purchase of 1,000 new grain hopper cars, but it is “contingent on the passage of Bill C-49 without amendments,” J.J. Ruest, the company’s interim president and chief executive officer, said during an April 24 conference call with investors. CN’s existing grain hopper car fleet consists of about 12,000 cars, […] Read more

In an open letter to members of Parliament April 26, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and its prairie members said farmers are struggling with cash flow because not enough grain has moved. | File photo

Farm groups repeat demand for Bill C-49 passage

Canadian farmers have once again urged passage of Bill C-49, as amended, by the House of Commons as soon as possible. In an open letter to members of Parliament April 26, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and its prairie members said farmers are struggling with cash flow because not enough grain has moved. “Farm groups […] Read more