Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives May 24 1990, Page 30

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 24, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Truck rally clogs Border Points blockade slows food shipments by Annemarie Tobin the Canadian press hundreds of tractor trailers were backed up several Kilometres at some Border Points yesterday As Independent Canadian truckers halted their rigs to protest Competition from the blockade disrupted shipments of food from the and threatened to stall production at Auto Assembly plants waiting for parts across Southern Ontario and a lot of us Are losing our trucks were losing our said Charlie Nicholson of who spent the afternoon discussing concerns with fellow truckers at the fifth wheel truck Stop in his Home on a truck i make pay ments of a Guys just cant a lot of trucks Are being David Vic president of the Ontario trucking association in said the Independent truck began their sporadic blockades monday Are upset about deregulation of the trucking High taxes and fuel their american counterparts have a 15to20 per cent operating Cost advantage when fuel costs and equipment costs Are added said there Able to quote rates significantly lower than what a Domestic operator can i is at the Root of the streets clogged one of the worst bottlenecks yesterday was at the ambassador Bridge Between Windsor and de where truck traffic was backed up on the american Side for eight cars were getting through but City streets in Windsor were clogged with vehicles trying to use the alternative Tunnel Ontario transportation minister Bill Wrye met with truckers yester Day afternoon to end the general motors spokesman Barry Kuntz said Assembly lines in Oshawa could grind to a halt today if the blockades spokesmen for Ford and Chrysler also warned that further delays could shut them american truckers carrying perishable goods were worried about getting their cargo to Market before it in Miles from Home being held captive in said Larry an Oklahoma trucker who stopped in Cornwall during a Long haul from California to Ive got everything from Straw berries to lettuce on he who going to pay for this Load of produce Quebec transport minister Sam Elkas took a Tough line on the Dis Pute yesterday and ordered Quebec provincial police to Tow rigs Block ing Border Points and highways and informed Drivers they would be hit with not honoured Quebec will not succumb to Elkas said in the legis he said he met tuesday night Pierre head of the Quebec association of Independent truck and reached an agreement to get the trucks off the but it was not his mandate was to go Back and Clear the roads something he had promised to do earlier on in the which was not respected by his Bradley said his which does not condone the Block has been involved in negotiations with the Ontario government for the past month in an Effort to level the playing he said the Federal which regulates the excise tax on diesel fuel and depreciation write off was less in the commons Ontario Liberal my Joe Coruzzi asked when the government would do something about higher fuel and insurance costs that prevent Canad an truckers from being competitive with the while american truckers Are Only supposed to be handling crossbow Der governments Are Al lowing them to haul goods Between Canadian something canadians Arent allowed to do in the Comuzzi Federal transport minister Doug Lewis said he would meet today with representatives of the Canadian trucking privatization policy nip says trucks clog ambassador Between Detroit and re6ina up a loss from the Sale of the Saskatchewan Potash Corpora Tion is proof that the provinces privatization policy has been a dismal the nip opposition said nip House Leader Dwain Lingenfelter said the tory Sale of a fowl corporations was ill conceived and poorly handled from the he said the loss from the Sale of the Potash corporation is just one weve sold off a Potash an Oil the Coal mines in the and hundreds of other and weve driven the debt from billion to he that is a disaster for the Economy of the the annual report of the provincial Crown management released said the Sale of the Potash firm last year resulted in a net loss of million for the in the Board posted a Lingenfelter said the losses Are the final proof that privatization has been a bust in the privatization strategy of this government has been a dismal and we Call on Premier Grant Devine to Stop this he but finance minister lome Hepworth Attri buted the loss to depressed world markets for the a major ingredient in farm wed like to see the Market shares in Potash trading at a higher he its just a reflection of the marketplace and Hepworth denied opposition charges that the governments privatization schemes Are on the lets look at it in its entire he you cant Cherr pick your examples to make your he said the nip must share some of the blame for the loss on the Potash since it was a new Democrat government that nationalized the provinces Potash mines in a legitimate question would be Why we were investing in the Potash Industry in the first Hepworth tempers fan High in the legislature yester Day As the nip and tories revived last years belligerent debate Over the Sale of the provinces Potash mines sparked a bitter political when the government also proposed Selling off the provincial natural Gas the nip brought the legislature to a standstill with a 17day during question period nip Leader Roy Romanow crossed swords with Gary the minister responsible for the Potash Romanow said the prov Ince took a hosing on the this really is a Gross mishandling of the privatization of the Potash he said outside the Why is it that their drive for privatization is so so so Mono minded that add to the debt of the prov Ince of Saskatchewan but who was finance minister when the Potash corporation was was unripe a blaming the nip for the understand this privatization did not cause the he the simple fact is that the people of the province paid far too much for Potash corporation of Sas Katche the nip Leader warned the 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