Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):
Madam Speaker, I welcome the announcement on Friday that the Western Grain Transportation Act is to be reformed.
From a transportation viewpoint the change will result in a more efficient and cost effective system. I am pleased that the government has recognized the directional bias that this act creates against the St. Lawrence seaway and that steps will be taken to deal with the problem.
However as the reforms are to be phased in over a period of time it will be necessary to provide interim relief to the seaway in order to ensure that there will be ships available at the end of this process.
I would urge the government to adopt the subcommittee's recommendations to freeze tolls and pilotage fees on the seaway until the reforms are completed in order that the viability of the seaway may be maintained.
Subtopic: WESTERN GRAIN TRANSPORTATION ACT