This report represents a preliminary study into the various factors and influences involved in the development of a coordinated transportation policy within the Canadian federal system. The study is of a general nature, and is the result of a survey of secondary sources only. This particular problem has been approached through an analysis of the background of transportation development in Canada from several aspects: historical, political, economic, and legal, including some concept of how transportation policy has developed under these various influences. A detailed examination of the historical development of transportation has been undertaken as a further step in establishing the status of transportation in Canadian policy formulation. This is followed by a study of political and economic influences. The research has clearly indicated that the lines of demarcation of responsibility are often confusing and intersecting, which in itself has been instrumental in the development of policies by central and provincial governments which in many cases have been contradictory rather than complementary. An examination of legal and constitutional aspects delineates the problems which are involved in the development of a coordinated transportation policy within the federal framework, and aids in a clearer understanding of why a coherent and consistent policy has not emerged despite a long history of public involvement in transportation. Transportation policy has continued to be developed from separate modes rather than in the total sense. These preliminary insights reinforce the prime purpose of the study: an attempt to establish an understanding of the intricacies of the problem from all points of view, and to underline the necessity of developing some more effective ways of relating the often diverse interests of the various jurisdictions in Canada through the development of a national transportation policy.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport

    Queen's University
    Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Burns, R M
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

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  • Accession Number: 00051906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport
  • Report/Paper Numbers: #73-3
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1976 12:00AM