Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Transport on Bill C-101, the Canada Transportation Act.
The primary aim of the bill is to encourage the revitalization of the rail industry by reducing the regulatory burden facing that sector.
The bill was referred to the committee after first reading, pursuant to Standing Order 73(1). This new procedure allowed members to participate more fully in the legislative process and make important and constructive amendments to the bill.
The committee acknowledges with gratitude the co-operation and support of all those who contributed to our study of Bill C-101. We extend our thanks to all the witnesses who appeared, as well as those who made written submissions and shared their knowledge and insight with us.
In the process of reviewing this bill, the committee heard 55 hours of testimony from 154 witnesses, representing 85 stakeholder groups and organizations.
I would like to give special thanks to the clerk of the committee, the researchers, interpreters and the support staff of the committees and parliamentary association's directorate. I would also like to thank my fellow committee members for patiently proceeding through hours of testimony in order to ensure the effective evaluation of Bill C-101.