OTTAWA, ON-- Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian Trucking Alliance President David Bradley have reached out
to the trucking industry as the nation’s largest celebration of truckers is set to kick-off over the Labour Day weekend.
“I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone marking National Trucking Week 2013,” Harper wrote in an open letter sent to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. “The trucking industry plays a vital role in the Canadian economy. Our trucking transportation services ensure the safe and efficient flow of goods across our vast country and with our major trading partners. I am delighted to have this opportunity to recognize our hardworking trucking professionals for their extraordinary efforts to serve Canadian businesses and communities throughout the year.”
National Trucking Week, which this year takes place from Sept. 1 to Sept. 7 was launched by the Canadian Trucking Alliance in the 1990’s and has been embraced by the industry as a way to spotlight the contributions of the hundreds of thousands of men and women of the Canadian trucking industry who keep the country’s freight moving, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
During the week, various events will be occurring across the country where the trucking community in Canada and others come together to celebrate recognize those who deliver Canada’s goods and who keep the wheels turning as well as the folks who promote the industry’s dedication to safety and to environmental enhancement. Companies show their appreciation by hosting barbeques, picnics and all kinds of other family events and promotions.
In his letter, Harper mentioned several steps the government is taking to enhance safety and productivity in the industry, such as the Beyond the Border program with the U.S.
“We are committed to bringing our border into the 21century and increasing cooperation with the United States,” he wrote. “Key sectors of our economy, including the trucking industry, will benefit from this landmark agreement.”
CTA President David Bradley also sent an open letter to the “400,000 or so men and women whose hard work and dedication make the trucking industry the dominant mode of freight transportation in Canada.”
Bradley says industry workers “deserve to be recognized and saluted each and every day, but in the everyday course of getting the job done we all know this is impossible.”
NTW is also a time “to blow our own horn and to make others aware of the essential role the trucking industry plays in the economic and social well-being of the country,” Bradley said
Bradley noted the economies of North America are gradually recovering and he hopes that “the industry is poised for a new era of prosperity and accomplishment.”