CAMROSE, Alta. — Ferroequus Railway is not giving up its bid to haul grain along Canadian National (CH) line from Camrose, Alta. to Prince Rupert, B.C.
Even thought the company lost its Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) hearing last month, the railway is planning on appealing the decision. Ferroequus filed a motion in Federal Court Oct. 8, saying the ruling was incorrect and misinterpreted the section of the Canada Transportation Act governing running rights.
The company says the ruling doesn’t sit well, considering it flies in the face of a ruling handed out last year.
"There is a huge dissonance between the decision of last year and this one," Ferroequus president Tom Payne tells local media. "It’s tragic that it isn’t simpler, but you can’t quit."
Payne tells local media the rail company has invested millions of dollars into its proposal and isn’t going to give up without a fight.
"Is the railway the only industry in Canada that doesn’t have to face inter-industry competition?" he muses. "And are the Canadian railways so fragile, with their billions of dollars in profits, that they can’t cope with a Canadian competitor?"
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