- Remove all references to the word "operational" so that arbitrators would not have to sift through mountains of railway operational data. This would add costs and a burden that would diminish the power of the legislation.
- Delete all reference to "statutory obligations to other shippers and third parties". We do not believe it was the government's intent to have external and irrelevant information drawn into an arbitration over a very specific service failure between a shipper and railroad.
- Insert a new stand-alone section to define "adequate and suitable accommodation" and "service obligations". Shippers and the railways have already agreed we must hold firm on what a service agreement should address. Otherwise we risk diluting the legislation over time.
FPAC Applauds New Rail Bill As Critical But Recommends Changes To Ensure Success
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