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MAC comments on transportation commitments

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The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has expressed support of the Minister of Transport's commitments to improve Canada's transportation network to facilitate economic growth and address long-standing issues in the rail freight market.

The mining industry consistently accounts for approximately 20% of the total value of Canadian exports, amounting to US$91.2 billion in 2015. The mining industry is the single largest customer group of Canada's railways, accounting for 51.4% of total rail freight revenue generated in 2015.

"We appreciate the Minister of Transport's recognition that trade begins at home. Mining companies require an effective and reliable transportation network to get their goods to market and to grow their businesses. The reliability of the transportation network is also a key consideration when companies determine whether or not to invest in Canada," stated Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. "We are hopeful that the government delivers on its commitment to create a more transparent and balanced transportation system."

MAC praised the government's Strategic Plan, Transportation 2030, and the company was also encouraged by the Minister's commitment to address long-standing issues in the rail freight market by introducing legislation in the spring of 2017 that better defines adequate and suitable service, improves access and timelines for Canadian transportation agency decisions, and addresses the future of the maximum revenue entitlement and extended interswitching.

"We view today's announcement as a positive step forward in improving Canada's transportation network, but we recognise that important steps remain to get there. MAC will remain a constructive partner as government seeks to implement these measures," stated Gratton.

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