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Agriculture committee  A quick little footnote to your question is around where the products are actually leaving the country from the port infrastructure. I guess that's one of the legacies of the 2008 global economic meltdown—shipping rates have never gone back to where they were. I'm sure you've he

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  I just have a very quick footnote to your question about on-farm storage. Certainly that was one of the take-aways from 2013-14. In the producer community, we saw a run on bins, for instance, after the 2013-14 backlog. Off the top of my head, I believe there are about 75 million

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  With canola, as a perfect example of that, the goal would be to have half of Canada's production domestically processed, because obviously that's the highest and best use economically. We've seen that through the illustration of canola's 10 crushers across western Canada. For ins

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  Pipe to car....

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  I think that was alluded to this morning by the railway's brief answer to that question. It has nothing to do with the railways and nothing to do with the producers. It has to do with the actual shipper. The line or grain company that is producing that grain, it's their commercia

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  The $75 billion and $85 billion numbers came from the economic strategy tables that had eminent blue ribbon folks on the panel and from consultation with the industry. Those are external folks who are looking at this with more of a global perspective. As far as planning goes, we

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  To some degree, there is that.... In the post Bill C-30 environment from several years ago, the government struck the commodity supply chain table, which semi-annually brings together all parties—railways, shippers of all commodities, including grains—to that table to talk abou

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  It's changing.

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  Very quickly, my comment about Vancouver.... The next thing for us to be thinking about long term is that last mile. You have the grain companies putting in their investments. You have the railways. Then you have some incremental things going on there for fluidity and some capaci

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  I'll speak quickly to your question. We all know this, but we just need to remain cognizant that we're still in the early shadows and aftermath of Bill C-49. It only received royal assent on May 23. August 1 is the start of the grain year that all of the planning and reporting go

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  That is one of the positive silver linings of 2013-14 and the Bill C-30, the Bill C-49. I think the kind of communication and information sharing is on a new level, a new playing field, but certainly there's always room for incremental improvement.

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  Yes. I was not there personally, but it's a timely question because they literally just got back from that last week. They were over there. Japan has been the longest, most consistent buyer of Canadian canola seed for decades—consistently two million tonnes, every year. My under

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  I will take that one first. On reciprocal penalties, I think there are two things to think about. For instance, the railways will say that a very high percentage of the current traffic falls under reciprocal penalties. They are talking about a per car debit/credit. I'm not spea

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  That is today's example of a game-changer, introducing a step function change in the supply chain. Certainly I think we need to bear in mind that the history of western Canadian grain has been that of an evolution, going from several 1,000-odd wooden cribs, then in the seventies

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte

Agriculture committee  I'd say, yes. We'll mention quickly just some credit to the railways. They did reach out proactively to the grains sector and we discussed as a group, and then independently with people, about what should be in the reports. They did incorporate some of the suggestions of the grai

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Steve Pratte