Canada Said to Announce Rail Legislation to Move Grain to Market

The Canadian government will introduce legislation to help clear a backlog of grain in the nation’s prairie region, said a government official familiar with the matter.

The announcement will be made by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt at a press conference scheduled for 4 p.m. today in Ottawa, the official said on condition they not be identified because the plan isn’t public.

The government took temporary measures earlier this month requiring the nation’s two railways to ship at least 500,000 metric tons of grain each week to clear the backlog. At the time, the government said it will introduce a law to “ensure Canada maintains a world-class logistics system that gets agricultural products to market more efficiently.”

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