|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
FRCC & Hopper Cars
Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the
Government of Canada has a 1996 commitment to dispose of hopper cars. My
question is for the Minister of Transport. Could he give us an update on
the status of the Farmer Rail Car Coalition's proposal to own and operate
the hopper car fleet in the interests of farmers and producers?
Hon. Tony Valeri (Minister of Transport, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the
government is committed to working with the FRCC on its innovative
proposal to manage the fleet of railway cars. We will continue with the
necessary due diligence on the proposal to ensure that the roles and
responsibilities are clear and that value for taxpayers is optimized.
The government and the FRCC have shared interests in ensuring that there
is sufficient commercial and competitive grain transportation in this
country, grain transportation that in fact meets the needs of producers
and other stakeholders.