THE 'NEW' TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST

In June 1975, the Minister of Transport released a set of proposals for revisions of Canada's transport policy. The author explains that although as this is written, the proposed revisions have not been embodied in new legislation, their appearance marks the end of a year's re-thinking of the federal government's role in Canadian transportation and, more importantly, an ostensible shift from the policy principles adopted so confidently in the 1967 National Transportation Act. The purpose of this paper is to review the Minister's transport policy proposals and to assess their impact on the public interest. Canada's transportation system is described as being 55 percent passenger transport and 45 percent freight. The split between intercity and urban is about 50-50, with intercity transport having a slight edge. An estimated two-thirds of the expenditures are made for private transportation and only one-third for commercial transportation. The role of the federal government in monitoring the operation and evolution of the system is described, a definition of the term "public interest" follows, and the policy proposals are then summarized and evaluated. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    Faculty of Commerce
    Vancouver, British Columbia  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • MUNRO, J M
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00147862
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1981 12:00AM