World Canada PM calls for peaceful solution to crippling rail blockades

23:05  18 february  2020
23:05  18 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday called for a peaceful solution to end rail blockades by indigenous rights groups protesting Canada : Native protests continue to cripple rail network. Big business and much of the corporate media are demanding that the Trudeau government

Blockades in British Columbia, where some hereditary chiefs oppose a new natural gas pipeline by TC Energy Corp., and solidarity Trudeau “stressed the importance of resolving the situation in a peaceful manner, with continued dialog to address underlying issues in the spirit of reconciliation,” according to

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Tuesday against the use of force to resolve a rail blockade sparked by indigenous protesters and now in its second week.

a person sitting at a train station: Rail service in eastern Canada has been crippled due to a series of blockades by protesters© Daniel SLIM Rail service in eastern Canada has been crippled due to a series of blockades by protesters

Passenger and freight traffic has come to a halt in eastern Canada as native Americans protest in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en indigenous people in British Columbia, who are up in arms over a proposed gas pipeline that would go through their traditional lands.

"Those who would want us to act in haste, who want us to boil this down to slogans and ignore the complexities, who think that using force is helpful -- it is not," Trudeau said in an address to parliament.

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.

Protests that have shut down most of Canada 's rail system have opened a debate about the "Our government is committed to protecting the constitutional right to lawful peaceful protest, keeping "These blockades are illegal. So far, the prime minister has refused to come out and call them that

Via Rail service says it has 'no other option' in response to blockades . CBC News · Posted: Feb 13, 2020 8:13 PM The drastic measure is a result of First Nations blockades across Canada in support of the Wet'suwet'en people who are Trudeau urges quick resolution as anti-pipeline protests cripple train network. Quebec and federal officials search for ' peaceful solutions ' to end rail blockades .

"Patience may be in short supply -- and that makes it more valuable than ever."

The prime minister was forced to cancel a visit to the Caribbean, which had been set for early this week, to handle the crisis.

"The Canadian government will continue to work night and day to peacefully find a solution," he told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

"Just like we need indigenous leaders to be partners, we also need Canadians to show both resolve and collaboration. Everyone has a stake in getting this right."

Trudeau's political opponents in the Conservative Party are not granting him much leeway.

"That was the weakest response to a national crisis in Canadian history," Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said.

The rails are the backbone of the Canadian economy. Every year, goods worth more than CAN$300 billion (US$226.4 billion) are transported from one end of the vast country to the other by rail.

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  Canadian rail system shut over blockade The rail disruptions come amid protests over a controversial pipeline that crosses indigenous land.CN Rail says it will be forced to shut down its eastern network, which will effectively stop all cross-country freight trains.

Canadian National Railway obtains a court injunction to end a demonstration by members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville. Feb. 13 — CN shuts down its operations in Eastern Canada . The railway says blockades have ended in Manitoba and may come down soon in British

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday called for a peaceful solution to end rail blockades by indigenous rights groups protesting the Trudeau, who called off a planned Barbados trip to resolve the escalating pipeline protests, told his top cabinet ministers that this "urgent situation

On Friday, Canadian National Railway Co (CN) said it would have to begin a "disciplined and progressive shutdown of its operations" in eastern Canada until the blockades come to an end.

The group temporarily laid off 450 personnel, according to local media.

The blockades could put 6,000 workers out of a job in the short term, the Teamsters trade union warned, calling on Ottawa to find a quick solution.

Last week, public passenger rail service Via Rail, which uses CN's infrastructure, said it had no choice but to suspend service.

"Beginning Thursday morning, February 20, only those trains that serve full trips between Quebec City and Ottawa will resume service," it said Tuesday in a statement.

As of Monday, 470 trains have been canceled, and more than 94,000 passengers have been affected, the company said.

Canada to hold talks with indigenous group in bid to end blockades .
A Canadian government minister was scheduled to open two days of talks with a major indigenous group on Thursday in a bid to end three weeks of rail and road blockades across the country that are harming the economy. Activists have disrupted passenger and freight traffic to show solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people in the Pacific province of British Columbia, who are seeking to stop TC Energy Corp from building a gas pipeline over their land.

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