The House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (SCOT) has tabled an Interim Report on the establishment a transportation and logistics strategy for Canada, which contains 31 recommendations for increasing the efficiency of Canada’s major trade and transportation corridors.
The report is the result of a series of meetings the Committee held with a broad cross section of transportation users and stakeholders in Ottawa, Vancouver and the Niagara region. The Federation appeared before the Committee on October 4, 2018, and we are pleased to note that a number of our comments and recommendations are contained in the Committee’s report (see pages 24, 27,31, 60, 64).
Of the Committee’s 31 recommendations, those that may be of particular interest include the following:
Although we are disappointed that the Committee’s report did not make any specific recommendations on the need to renew the Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet, the supplementary opinion issued by the NDP makes extensive reference to our written comments on this subject and recommends that the federal government accelerate the procurement process for new icebreakers.
The full SCOT report was released on February 20th, and the Committee has requested that the government now table a comprehensive response to that report.