Richard Garneau of Resolute Forest Products was among a group of CEOs and senior executives from major resource sectors to converge in Ottawa earlier this week to deliver a strong common message – that now is the time to address inefficient and inadequate rail freight service.
The business leaders, all members of the Coalition of Rail Shippers (CRS), brought their message directly to Ministers, groups of MPs and key officials from Transport, Industry, Natural Resources, Agriculture, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Prime Minister’s Office.
“For Resolute Forest Products, the inefficiencies of rail service have an impact on our bottom line and our ability to compete in fiercely competitive world markets”, says Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. “For example, it’s unacceptable for our company to receive hundreds of unusable rail cars delivered to us each year, delaying delivery or resulting in direct damage of product. In today’s marketplace, you must be a reliable supplier. What we are asking of government is entirely reasonable.”
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