Canada Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests

02:05  17 february  2020
02:05  17 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

1 arrested as residents tear down anti-pipeline blockade on Vancouver Island

  1 arrested as residents tear down anti-pipeline blockade on Vancouver Island At one point, someone drove a pickup truck through plywood barriers blocking Highway 19.Demonstrators opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline erected barriers at Exit 117 of Highway 19 near Courtenay in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs around 12:30 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has concluded his week-long trip to Africa, where he was campaigning for Canada to win a United Nations Security Council seat. David Akin looks at whether Trudeau 's quest was a success.

More than 150 routes had been cancelled previously amid protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline . Blockades against the proposed pipeline , which Mr Trudeau 's government says will invigorate natural gas exports in British Columbia, began last week. The Association of Canadian Port

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cancelling his planned trip to the Caribbean this week amid criticism over his government's handling of a series of anti-pipeline protests that have disrupted rail service in parts of Canada.

The Prime Minister's Office announced the cancellation Sunday evening, less than 24 hours before Trudeau was scheduled to fly to Barbados where he was expected to pitch Caribbean leaders on why Canada should get a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The PMO says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will represent Canada in his stead as Trudeau stays put to deal with the ongoing protests.

Trudeau calls for end to protests crippling Canada railways

  Trudeau calls for end to protests crippling Canada railways Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday urged a swift end to indigenous protests disrupting trains in Canada as police readied to clear tracks. Jagmeet Singh, an opposition leader, called on the prime minister to end his overseas trip and meet with the chiefs. "Across the country, the situation is escalating," he said.Police have warned protestors to leave a key rail corridor east of Toronto, or risk arrest. Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Bill Dickson told AFP they are "monitoring the situation" near Belleville, Ontario, while attempting to coax protestors off the tracks.

The protests in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in “With over 400 trains cancelled during the last week and new protests that emerged at strategic locations Mr. Trudeau flew from Africa to Germany for meetings on Friday. He returns to Canada on Saturday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that this week has been “really difficult” for Canadians amid ongoing rail blockades by people protesting in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline ’s construction. He said they would continue to work to resolve

Trudeau was criticized by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and others last week for "running around" Africa and Europe as protesters opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in British Columbia blockaded rail lines in B.C., Ontario and other parts of the country.

The prime minister's visit to Barbados was to coincide with a gathering of leaders from across what is known as the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, which includes 15 countries as full members and five others as associate members.

The prime minister used similar summits in Ethiopia and Germany last week to make his pitch for a seat on the Security Council to a large cross-section of leaders from across Africa and Europe.

More coming.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 16, 2020.

The Canadian Press

Champagne campaigns for Security Council in Trudeau's place at Caribbean summit .
OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne wrapped two days of meetings at a summit with Caribbean leaders saying he's confident he was campaigning among "family" for support for Canada's election to the United Nations Security Council. Champagne replaced Justin Trudeau at the Barbados event because the prime minister chose to stay in Canada to address ongoing protests over Indigenous land rights and a B.C. pipeline.

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