HAMILTON, Ontario—With her background working in the Canadian port industry, federal labour minister Lisa Raitt was very comfortable as speaker at the Association of Canadian Port Authorities 54th Annual Conference and General Meeting.
Fitting the nature of her portfolio, Raitt spoke at length about the need for ports to open themselves up to a more diverse workforce. In particular, she said the ports need to do more to attract female employees. She also addressed the issue of labour relations in the ports and in the logistics industry.
In an interview with MM&D, however, Raitt opened up about one of the hot-button issues in the port industry today: the US Harbour Maintenance Tax, and the common perception in the US that Canadian ports are not competing on a level playfield.