"There already is a chronic shortage of truck drivers in Canada."
— David Bradkey, Canadian Trucking Alliance
Industries Creating Or Shedding The Most Jobs (March 2016)
The alliance, which represents some 150,000 workers, says a big part of the problem is that any portion of a 24-hour period spent on U.S. soil might be chalked up as a day. "If we count a few minutes to drop off a load and go back as a day in the United States, that could lead to some issues," Bradley said in an interview. "So it's a matter of interpretation. And I think that we would like clarification." The new system could mean "much more administration" in terms of route planning for Canadian drivers wary of surpassing the time thresholds, Bradley said. "These things are all subject to appeal and to review and interpretation. But once you get into those processes, even if you're right, it's costly and time-consuming and really not productive." Canadians travelling to the United States have always been responsible for complying with local obligations, said Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Goodale. "The federal government continues to work with stakeholders to grow our economy and help Canadians do business, and is open to discussing issues of concern to them." Bradley hinted he has received some positive signals on the issue from Canadian officials. "I think that, as a general rule, the government of Canada understands certainly much better than the U.S. federal government the economic imperative of trade facilitation versus security. But this is the world we live in, and we're going to have to see how things play out."
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