A timeline on rail disruptions by anti-pipeline protesters across Canada

Elias Hubbard
February 15, 2020

"And there is no quick fix to it", Trudeau said, adding that all parties must move toward reconciliation.

The province's economy is fragile, and a rebound in 2020 "could be jeopardized if this kind of foolishness carries on for much longer", Kenney said in Edmonton on Friday.

"You need to know we have failed our Indigenous peoples over generations, over centuries".

Several blockades have been set up on railway lines in Eastern Canada in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en chiefs who object to the Coastal GasLink pipeline that runs from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat on the northwestern B.C. coast. The railway says blockades have ended in Manitoba and may come down soon in British Columbia, but the orders of a court in Ontario have yet to be enforced and continue to be ignored.

"Quite frankly this is getting ridiculous. radical activists many of whom have no connection to the Wetsuweten people are holding our country's economy hostage. meanwhile, our Prime Minister has been on a vanity project to get a vote in the United Nations, neglecting his duties here at home", said Scheer on Friday morning.

"Getting that balance right and wrapping it up in the path forward ... is really important".

Kenney said members of bands on the route voted in favour of the project to create jobs and improve their prosperity.

More than 150 routes had been cancelled previously amid protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Scheer said a small number of demonstrators can not be allowed to hold the economy hostage and threaten thousands of jobs.

Deputy MP of Ville-Marie-Le-Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs (Teiontiakon) and Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, has agreed to meet with two Chiefs in Tyendinaga Saturday, February 15 to discuss the barricade of the train tracks.

"These protesters, these activists may have the luxury of spending days at a time at a blockade, but they need to check their privilege", Scheer said.

There is a risk of seeing the stoppages merely as interference with the operations of profit-making companies, yet they affect all Canadians, he told a news conference Friday in Toronto.

Garneau, who was meeting his provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as representatives of national Indigenous organizations, stressed the desire for peaceful resolutions.

The protests have caused problems across the country, as everything from propane to chlorine to food supplies have been impacted.

Horgan has rejected calls from the Opposition Liberals to seek immediate injunctions to end the blockades and protests in B.C.

The union warned the impasse could put up to 6,000 employees at CN and other rail companies out of work.

"We can't just use force", he said in the legislature.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER