Transports Minister Cannon stays put

OTTAWA — Despite media speculation that Lawrence Cannon would be one of the MPs part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet shuffle this week, the Transport Minister is still the head of the most important portfolio to the trucking industry.

Cannon was said to be one of the ministers that passed through the “revolving door” at 24 Sussex Dr. the day before the cabinet changes were announced. But apparently, that was when he was told he would stay on as transport minister.

Under Cannon’s watch, federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers took effect; Transport Canada got actively involved in the work to build a new border crossing at the Detroit-Windsor Gateway and introduced a bill to gain back control on private border crossings; overhauled the Marine Atlantic ferry service; and, more controversially, mandated standardized rates to be paid by independent owner-ops at the Port of Vancouver.

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