Grain elevators at Indian Head, Saskatchewan.
22 June 2011
Pay More for Rail Service?
Somewhere in Western Canada - It's pretty sad to think that, with all the MP's he has in western Canada, Stephen Harper can't come up
with somebody, anybody, who understands farming better than Gerry Ritz.
In the 12 May 2011 edition of the Manitoba Co-operator our soon-to-be-confirmed Minister of Agriculture is quoted as saying that producers "might need to
pay more for grain transportation in order to get better railway service."
He also says that personally, he doesn't "mind paying a little extra for service as long as in the end, it plays into my business plan." When was the
last time Ritz actually shipped a bushel of wheat?
If he'd done so lately, he'd know that the railways are already charging far too much for the service they give us out of the 300 or so grain elevators that
are left after decades of rail line abandonment and consolidation.
He's all hot and bothered about the Wheat Board's monopoly but he doesn't seem to care when the shoe is on the other foot and the railways use their strangle
hold on the transportation system to rip us off to the tune of $6 on every tonne of grain we ship.
Instead of spending his time preaching the gospel according to CN and CP, Ritz needs to grow a pair and get to work on a new revenue cap and joint running
rights. Until then, he's just another railroad hack.