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Transportation Policy in Saskatchewan and the Crow’s Nest Pass Agreement
This paper reviews the history and politics behind the Crow Agreement. The study also looks at the Crow’s replacement legislation: the 1983 Western Grain Transportation Act and the 2000 revenue cap. The paper concludes by recommending that Canada move immediately towards a market-based grain transportation system, that the revenue cap on grain freighting is the new Crow and impairs the efficient movement of grain to export, impacting GDP growth. Devine’s academic argument— that the Crow’s fixed rate was causing considerable harm— notes Bennett was, in fact, the correct one.