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Agriculture committee  Yes, we're very pleased that we've been able to order our cars from National Steel Car. It's great to keep the construction in Canada. It's a very efficient pipeline for getting the cars into service. Keeping it Canadian has been really good for us, and we're hoping to be able to

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  The concern, certainly, was raised because of safety. The employees who were doing the loading felt that it was not a safe operation. What I understand is that there is a new system that's been developed using guardrails that will go around the feeder holes, and that training is

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Let me just explain this. The grain, when it gets to the port, comes out of the railcars and goes into the terminal elevators. The loading into the ships is really not a railroad issue. This is an issue at the terminals. I'm only explaining it because it is something that can im

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Just this fall, some of the major terminals we're servicing finally shifted to 24-7 operation. That is a game-changer. As the railways, we have been encouraging 24-7 operation for a long time. As soon as you have a day when you're not unloading, it creates bumps in the supply cha

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  We are spending $1.6 billion this year on capital, which is a 20% increase over our spend last year. I mentioned already that half a billion of that is going into hopper cars, which are going to significantly improve the efficiency and capacity for the movement of grain. This yea

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Sure. Go ahead, Mike.

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Yes, as Mike said, safety is the absolute most important component when we're dealing with our employees. We're very cognizant of the limitations on hours of work that they can put in. We have a 7% increase year over year in our total labour force, so we have increased the numbe

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Sure. I'm happy to do that. First of all, when private cars come into our network, they're coming in with our being aware of it in advance. They're not just showing up unexpectedly. We're working with our shippers as they bring on their fleet. Typically in CP's network, when the

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  No, this is not new for CP. We've been doing it for many years, but we are doing it much more consistently. Basically, our design is looking into winter and saying that in certain temperatures we need to make sure that we have a certain number of locomotives, both the mid- and en

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Yes, thank you. I just wanted to make a comment on that. In terms of the comment about being behind in the supply chain of grain, the harvest in our CP network started at the beginning of September. The harvest in the north was a bit more delayed but we have been moving very str

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  The capacity, as Mike says, is limited in many ways by the terminal availability and shipping and receiving as well. We're all going to be operating to the maximum of the supply chain that will be sort of in line with the grain as it is being presented.

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  If I could just comment, as Mike says, the collaboration is quite incredible. I just mentioned in my comments a minute ago about how we manage supply chains. Supply chains of grain companies are very integrated between CN and CP because typically they have elevators on both netw

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Thank you. Of course, as a common carrier, we have an obligation to move all commodities that are offered to us. Grain is a very large and important commodity for us. Twenty-four per cent of our revenue is associated with grain, so it's a very important one for us but so are the

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy

Agriculture committee  Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chair. I appreciate the opportunity to meet all of you. I am sorry that I couldn't be there in person, but it's good to meet you remotely. Mr. Dreeshen, it's good to see you again. We met at the Paterson elevator opening this fall near Calgary. I

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Joan Hardy