Alberta grain sellers and producers hope their shipments will be protected when their product goes to market this fall.
Currently, legislation protecting grain shipments, Bill C-30, is temporary, and Alberta Wheat Commission Chair Kevin Auch was hoping the federal government would have new legislation ready by the end of the spring session. He’s optimistic the government is taking its time to get the new legislation done.
“If we can get what we want done, then we can make sure that we don’t get that transportation backlog that cost us billions back there in 2013, so we’re just hoping for the extensions and then we’ll go from there and hopefully get the new legislation in the fall,” said Auch on the Alberta Morning News.
“The legislation that we have right now is just C-30, which is a temporary legislation that is going to expire at the end of August, but this new legislation does, at least what they were telling us they were committing to, is some of the things that we’ve been lobbying for.”
If there is no legislation at all, Auch said producers and sellers won’t be fully protected.
“We’re a little bit nervous if this legislation doesn’t make it through because then we’re basically exposed to the whims of the system to not get our crops to the markets that we desperately need them to get to.”
If new legislation is not enacted this spring, Auch hopes the federal government will extend the current, temporary legislation to cover shipments in the fall.