Zimmer says the changes to the existing act would make rail companies more accountable.
In his words, it will give the bill “more teeth.”
“What it didn’t have was teeth, in terms of fines for rail companies, so we put a fine system in, so it’s a-hundred-thousand dollars a day. Some people say that’s not enough, but it is having an affect on the cars and we’re seeing some change.”
While CN Rail has said the record cold on the Prairies was a leading cause to the backlog, Zimmer isn’t buying the argument saying it’s cold every year on the Prairies.
That aside, however, railways are dealing with one of the largest-ever crop production years in history.