EDMONTON, AB (January 24, 2014): Today, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith and Agriculture and Rural Development Critic Ian Donovan released the following joint statement on the rail backlog that is preventing Alberta grain producers from getting their product to market for fair value: “After an historic growing season for grain producers in Alberta, it is extremely troubling to see them unable to reap the rewards of bumper crops and good world prices.
It is the responsibility of Canada’s rail companies to ensure they can meet their obligations to producers. Getting grain to market in a timely, safe and efficient manner has to be one of the key requirements of these monopoly companies. “We are calling on both the provincial and federal Agriculture Ministers to apply pressure and use all available levers to get the grain cars moving and increase grain flow for our current rail networks. “Further, we are calling on our agricultural financial institutions to plan for making reasonable accommodations for grain producers who are being impacted by the inability to get grain to market even though there is no shortage of buyers. “Agriculture is the backbone of much of Alberta and we must do everything we can make sure that we have the necessary infrastructure in place to help farmers sell their products. We understand how frustrating it is to have grain to sell, world-wide markets wanting to buy it, and not having a way to make that happen. Something must be done.”