First Public Hearing by the Canadian Transportation Agency Under the Canada Marine Act

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OTTAWA - May 8, 2000 - The Canadian Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing into a complaint by Halterm Ltd. against the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) for undue discrimination in the setting of lease fees. With the promulgation of the new Canada Marine Act (CMA), the Agency was given new responsibilities with respect to Canadian port authorities. This will be the first time that the Agency conducts an inquiry into a matter under section 52 of the CMA. The Agency's decision will have implications for federally-regulated port authorities in Canada.

The complaint by Halterm Ltd. was filed under section 52 of the CMA and alleges undue discrimination in the setting of lease fees for property leased from the HPA. In its complaint, Halterm alleges that the HPA unjustly discriminated against it and gave preference to other users of the Port of Halifax in respect of facilities under lease.

The hearing will be held in Halifax and start at 10:00 AM. June 12, 2000 at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for making decisions on a wide range of matters affecting Canadian transportation.

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For more information: John Cottreau (819) 953-9961

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