Canadian Shipper


May 23, 2018

Senators bow to will of elected government on transport modernization bill

Ottawa, ON — The Senate has bowed to the will of the Trudeau government on an omnibus transportation modernization bill. Senators voted 41-31 Tuesday to drop their insistence on amendments to Bill C-49 — which, among other things, is aimed at preventing rail shipments of grain from getting backlogged again. The bill had been bouncing back and forth between the two houses of Parliament for the past month, much to the frustration of grain farmers. It was passed by the House of Commons in November but the Senate last month sent it back to the elected chamber with 18 amendments. The government accepted two of those amendments and modified three others but rejected the rest. Rather than defer to the will of the elected chamber as is