Canadian National Rail sees grain backlog extending into 2015
The provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan are also asking the government to pull together legislation so that competing rail companies can use each other's tracks, a practice called running rights.
Mongeau said being forced to share tracks would be "very damaging to the rail industry" because it would complicate logistics and add to problems in an already challenging environment.
The grain transportation legislation will be introduced when Parliament resumes, according to Jeff English, a spokesman for Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The next session begins on Monday.
Crude Not Crowding Out Grain
The grain bottleneck has also spurred charges that rail operators are supplanting grain shipments with more lucrative oil. Crude via rail has seen an unprecedented surge in North America as production exceeds pipeline capacity.
"The notion that crude by rail is crowding out the movement of other commodities like grain is not the truth," said Mongeau, noting that crude made up only 1.4 percent of CN's entire volume last year.
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