Mr. David MacDonald (Egmont):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to move a motion of urgent and pressing necessity under the provisions of Standing Order 43. In view of the announcement by Canadian National that it intends to force inappropriate equipment on the maritime potato trade which will result in a significant loss of jobs in the agricultural sector of the region, in view of the fact that freight rates on potatoes shipped to the region's primary market in central Canada will rise 35 per cent in one year, costing Prince Edward Island producers alone an additional $1 million, and in view of the announcement of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Lang) of an Atlantic provinces transportation program which seriously downgrades federal support of rail freight traffic, I move, seconded by the hon. member for South Shore (Mr. Crouse):
That officials of Canadian National be called before the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications to justify these actions; that the Minister of Transport immediately bring in interim subsidies to offset the potato freight rate increase; and that the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (Mr. Lessard) give urgent attention to the negative impact of the declining rail service and increased rates in the economies of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
Subtopic: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic: JUSTIFICATION FOR INCREASED FREIGHT RATES ON POTATOES AND REQUEST FOR SUBSIDIES-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43