Naturally the railway companies, Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) see any legislation unnecessary indicating that there is no evidence of performance issues that would require any government interference. Shippers have reported that service from CN and CP has improved since the government started its Rail Freight Service Review back in 2008. However the government wants to ensure service improvements with legislation requiring railways to provide service contracts within 30 days of a shipper's request. If the terms cannot be agreed, the shipper can seek arbitration through the Canadian Transportation Agency. If a violation of the arbitration then occurs penalties could then be imposed up to $100,000.
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