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Are Elevators Responsible for Transport Woes?

Canadian railway says elevators, ports also require investment


A report from The Canadian Press says the onus for improving grain transportation in Canada is not just on the railways, but will require investment from the “bookends” of the system — the elevators that load the grain and the ports that put it on ships, according to the head of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.

“How do we create capacity in the grain franchise where you’re bumping up against bookends that we don’t own and we don’t control?” CEO Keith Creel said at the company’s annual general meeting Thursday.

But grain-handling companies aren’t interested in sharing the blame for backlogs on the rails, said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA). Problems with moving grain that came to a head last winter are clearly the responsibility of the railroads, he added.

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