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‘It’s like a series of dominoes’: NDP, Conservatives push for action to clear grain shipment backlog

By Emily Haws      

The Liberals think C-49 will save the day, which is currently being studied by the Senate Transportation Committee. It's unclear when the omnibus bill, an overhaul of the Transportation Act and others, will be passed.

Transportation Minister Marc Garneau speaks to reporters before Question Period in February. The minister sponsored Bill C-49, which is expected to clear up grain shipment delays when it is eventually passed. The bill is currently being studied by the Senate Transportation Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Opposition MPs are growing increasingly frustrated with the Liberals' lack of concrete action on the grain shipment backlog, but they also say the problem will be solved once Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act—currently in the Senate—receives royal assent. Conservative MP John Barlow (Foothills, Alta.), his party’s associate agriculture critic, is calling on the government to put an immediate end to the backlog by using measures such as the order-in-council that Conservatives imposed when a similar slowdown occurred in

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