The following is a letter to the editor from our Chairman Brian Otto that was sent to iPolitics on December 4, 2014.
Dear Editor, iPolitics:
Your December 2, 2014 article, “Grain groups respond cautiously to Ottawa’s latest rail transport move,” included a paraphrased quote from Barley Council of Canada (BCC) Chair Brian Otto that reads: “While Otto said the Barley Council appreciated the government’s work on the file, he said the council ‘didn’t really support the extension’ given the ongoing challenges.”
To clarify, the BCC fully supports the Order in Council regarding the extension of minimum grain carriage volume requirements. The BCC is also in strong support of the requirements for railways to submit winter contingency plans to the federal government, including reports on car order fulfillment by corridor.
The wording used in the article was taken from discussions at the Grain Growers table where Otto voiced his long-term strategic outlook on transportation in Canada.
The BCC remains a strong advocate and completely endorses the federal government’s efforts in ensuring that grain and all commodities get to market in a timely manner.
Brian Otto, BCC Chairman