CN strike means Quebec has less than five days propane left, premier says
Quebec Premier Francois Legault says a strike at Canadian National Railway Co. has left the province with fewer than five days before it runs out of propane, which would wreak havoc at hospitals, nursing homes and farms. He says Quebec has already started to ration propane use, narrowing it to less than half the typical six million litres per day. The province has about 12 million litres in reserve. Legault says priority has been given to health centres and retirement residences that rely on propane heating as well as farms that use it to dry grain and heat barns.
Tractors from Quebec farms rumbled back into Montreal on Monday morning — this time to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's constituency office, where farmers demanded the government do something about the propane shortage caused by the CN Rail strike.
Last Friday, a convoy of tractors rolled up to CN's head office in downtown Montreal, where farmers declared that their livelihood is being threatened by the propane shortage.
This time, the farmers dumped bags of corn in front of Trudeau's office in Montreal's north end, demanding action.
The strike by CN rail's 3,200 employees is now in its seventh day.
The head of a lobby group representing Quebec farmers and the agricultural industry told Radio-Canada that they don't want to interfere in the labour dispute, but they do want Trudeau to ensure CN is doing what it can to protect their livelihoods.
Nova Scotia could face propane shortage as CN strike continues
Propane distributors in Nova Scotia are concerned about supplies in the province as the strike at the Canadian National Railway Co. is about to enter its fourth day. While some propane is trucked into Nova Scotia, the majority enters on the CN rail lines.While some propane is trucked into Nova Scotia, the majority enters on CN Rail lines.
Farmers use propane to heat hog barns and henhouses, as well as to dry grain before storage.
Marcel Groleau, president of the Agricultural Producers' Union (UPA), said they're not asking for special legislation to force the CN employees back to work, but they want Trudeau and his government to "put pressure on CN" to prioritize the transportation of propane.
"We're on the alert — it's an intolerable situation," Groleau said.
The UPA rallied dozens of farmers Monday morning to the Claude-Robillard sports complex in Ahuntsic—Cartierville close to Trudeau's constituency office.
Many came by bus, but another 30 came on tractors from Montreal's South Shore, slowing traffic as they made their way over the Jacques-Cartier bridge.
Grain growers set to make case in Ottawa for urgent end to CN strike .
OTTAWA — Canadian farmers and producers are descending on Ottawa to press the case for urgent action to end the Canadian National Railway Co. rail strike now entering its second week. This afternoon, grain growers will hold a press conference in the national capital to outline how the shutdown is impacting their industry, which is already struggling with a tough harvest. "Farmers are on the front lines of this strike, relying on rail to move goods to markets all over the world," the Grain Growers of Canada said in a statement."This disruption, coupled with a universally disastrous harvest could have an impact from which some farmers never recover.