Public Hearing into CWB Complaint Begins Monday

OTTAWA -- March 27, 1998 -- The Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) will begin a public hearing Monday, March 30 in Saskatoon on a complaint by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) against the Canadian National Railway Company (CNR) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR).

In its complaint, the CWB says that the railways failed to meet their service obligations for the transport of grain during the winter of 1996-97. This complaint was filed pursuant to sections 26, 37 and sections 113 to 116 of the Canada Transportation Act.

The hearing will be held in the Battleford Room at the Delta Bessborough, 601 Spadina Avenue, in Saskatoon. On March 30, the hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Throughout the remainder of the hearing, the Agency will sit from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a break at noon.

Sixty-five individuals and organizations have intervened in the complaint. Of those, 32 intervenors have confirmed with the Agency that they wish to appear before the Agency at the hearing. It is anticipated that most of these intervenors will make short presentations at the end of the first week of the hearing.

The Agency is a federal, quasi-judicial tribunal. Its procedures are governed by the rules of natural justice which ensure that all parties in a complaint are dealt with in a fair and equitable manner.




For more information: Charles Mojsej, Agency Spokesperson (819) 953-9961

(During hearing) (306) 244-5521


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