Remarks for The Honourable Marc Garneau Minister of Transport for the News Conference After the Meeting of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety


September 28, 2016

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Good afternoon and thank you for coming.

Minister Del Duca and I have short statements to make before we open the floor for questions.

Today, I met for the second time with the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for transportation and highway safety.

We talked about the great importance of modernizing our transportation systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century and the needs of middle-class Canadians of today and tomorrow.

We all agreed that transportation is one of the engines that drive our economy and that a strong, integrated and modern system is key to growth and prosperity.

A modern system that will offer more convenience to passengers.

For example, we recently announced the  “e-Tag” initiative that makes check-in more convenient and faster for travellers by allowing them to apply their own baggage tags on checked luggage before heading to the airport.

We also talked about fostering innovation and renewing our trade transportation infrastructure.

For example, the Government of Canada is collaborating with partners to develop Intelligent Transportation Systems that will connect users, vehicles and traffic control operations.

This technology will make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient.

More specifically, today, we discussed:

  • the long-term agenda for transport in Canada;
  • climate change and its impact on our transportation system;
  • distracted and drug-impaired driving;
  • automated vehicles;
  • vulnerable road users; and
  • electronic logging devices for trucks.

Also, we reached consensus to create a federal-provincial-territorial task force to look into interprovincial truck-related regulations to harmonize those regulations across the country wherever possible.

It was a very interesting and productive day.

I am pleased to say we have a truly collaborative relationship.

I look forward to continuing to work with my provincial and territorial counterparts towards our common goals.

Thank you.

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