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Why is the Ports Modernization Review not transparent?

By Mary R. Brooks      

For Canadian ports to be competitive and best in class, the minister of transport needs to relinquish some measure of control over port boards, particularly with respect to board appointments, and expand the number of representatives to include regional interests served. The airport model provides good guidance for the minister.

In March 2018, Transport Minister Marc Garneau initiated the Ports Modernization Review to examine the Canada Port Authority (CPA) system, 20 years after the system was reformed via the Canada Marine Act, 1998. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In March 2018, Transport Minister Marc Garneau initiated the Ports Modernization Review to examine the Canada Port Authority (CPA) system, 20 years after the system was reformed via the Canada Marine Act, 1998. As the minister’s mandate stated that more transparency would be the hallmark of the current government, it was expected that this long awaited review would be open and transparent. This is currently not the case.

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