CN Critical of Rail Freight Service Review Final Report

MONTREAL — CN expressed its serious concerns about the final report of the Rail Freight Service Review (RFSR) panel that was issued today and its disappointment with the government’s response.

While CN said it is pleased that, in releasing the report, the government recognized the importance of a supply chain approach and noted its preference for commercial solutions, CN is concerned that the Government’s decision to consider tabling legislation could stifle supply chain innovation and Canada’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer, said: “CN disagrees with the focus and tenor of the panel’s recommendations. Like the dissenting panel member, we are concerned that the panel’s recommendations are drifting backward toward more regulation instead of encouraging the current momentum for positive change.

Mongeau noted that the panel failed to act on the hard facts that were before it, which show that rail service in Canada is actually quite good overall.