Conference panel talks grain transportation in an age without CWB monopoly

Aaron Stuckel
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Gerry Gault looks on as Sinclair Harrison speaks about the future of grain transportation in after the dismantling of the CWB monopoly.

A combination of farmers and intellects concerned about the changes to the grain growing industry gathered at the Heritage Inn Tuesday afternoon to talk about how the recent changes to the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) will affect the transportation of grains.

The presentation was just one in a slew of others taking place during the 19th annual Farming for… Profit? conference, which brings farmers together to look at the changes in their industry and to learn about how it will affect them.

Panel discussions occurred all throughout the second day, with Sinclair Harrison speaking on the topic of the transportation industry.

Harrison is the President of the Hudson Bay Route Association, which lobbies governments on the use of the short line railway and the use of the Port of Churchill to transport goods to international markets.

He said the changes to the Wheat Board could possibly have dire effects on the life of the port.

 “The Wheat Board has been the primary customer – and in some years, the only customer – to use the port. So it’s a big concern with the change as to what’s going to happen with (the Churchill port),” said Harrison. “The biggest hindrance to using it… is the grain companies don’t have any stake by going through the terminal there, so they choose to use their own.”

Harrison wasn’t the only one that expressed concerns.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Canadian Wheat Board, Heritage Inn, Hudson Bay Route Association Times-Herald

Geographic location: Port of Churchill

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