Blockade rail: Trudeau cancels its tour in the Caribbean, emergency meeting Monday to resolve the crisis

Blocus ferroviaires: Trudeau annule sa visite dans les Caraïbes, réunion d'urgence lundi pour résoudre la crise

The prime minister Justin Trudeau will not ultimately to the Conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Barbados this week, having decided to remain in the country to try to find a solution to the crisis of the dams of railways which disrupts the transport of passengers and goods for several days.

In a statement sent to the media in the early evening, Sunday, his office has indicated that Canada will be represented at the CARICOM by the minister of foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne.

Mr. Trudeau was originally scheduled to be there Monday and Tuesday. It should in particular take advantage of this meeting to promote the candidacy of Canada to obtain a seat on the security Council of the United Nations in 2021-2022.

In the wake of this change of plan, in order to find a solution to the “disturbance in progress affecting infrastructure across the country, the prime minister will meet tomorrow [Monday] the Group of incident response to discuss next steps,” said the office of Mr. Trudeau.

On Twitter, the prime minister added that he has summoned some of his ministers, or Marc Miller, Carolyn Bennett, Marc Garneau, Bill Blair, asked by chrystia Freeland, Pablo Rodriguez, and Bill Morneau, at this meeting of the Group of intervention in case of incident.

The railway transport is disrupted in several parts of the country, due to protests of members of indigenous communities that block, for several days, railway tracks, particularly with Tyendinaga, east of Belleville, Ontario, at Kahnawake, near Montreal, as well as Listuguj, Gaspé.

The protesters want to force the end of the pipeline project Coastal GasLink, in the north of British Columbia. They support the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, who oppose the pipeline project.

In order to resolve the crisis, the minister of Aboriginal Services, Marc Miller, has spent the day on Saturday to negotiate and discuss with the Mohawks of Tyendinaga “to achieve a peaceful resolution of the situation”, stressed the prime minister’s office on Sunday evening.

“Minister Bennett has had several conversations with the hereditary chiefs Wet’suwet’en in the last few days, has there also been mentioned in the message of the prime minister’s office. It is committed to meet at a time that suits them, in accordance with the commitment made by the prime minister. The minister Garneau met with his provincial and territorial counterparts at the end of last week. It closely follows the effects of the current blockages on the rail network, and it maintains a constant communication with the CN, CP and Via Rail.”

“We remain in close contact with the other orders of government and partners, was referred to the office of Mr. Trudeau. Our priority remains the safety and security of all Canadians, and the rapid resolution of the situation in order to restore the service in the whole of the railway network, and this, in accordance with the law.”

Ottawa doesn’t want another Oka

The federal government does not believe that police interventions to dismantle the dams aboriginal impeding railways and the canadian economy are a good approach.

The minister of Aboriginal Services, Marc Miller, said on Sunday that the police intervention at Oka in 1990 and Ipperwash, Ontario in 1995, which were both ended with the death of a person, should serve as a warning.

“We have the experience of Oka 30 years ago, when the police intervened and that a person is dead [a police officer]. My question to Canadians, to myself and to my fellow politicians, regardless of party, it is that we do the same old things and repeating the mistakes of the past or is it that you take the time to do this well?” he said to the newspaper The Globe and Mail, Sunday.

The minister of montreal believes that the resolution of this crisis that paralyzes a part of the canadian economy will go through the dialog.

“It is a peace-loving people who want a peaceful resolution, he underlined the Global network, Sunday. And we can’t have a peaceful resolution without dialogue.”

Of native protesters block including railway tracks near Belleville, Ontario, Winnipeg, Kahnawake, near Montreal, and the Gaspé peninsula. These protesters want to force the end of the pipeline project Coastal GasLink, in the north of British Columbia. They support the hereditary chiefs of the First Nation Wet’suwet’en, British Columbia, who oppose the pipeline project.

The Canadian National has obtained an injunction of the courts to put an end to the blockade in Belleville, which prevents the transport of passengers and goods in this important rail corridor. The Ontario provincial Police spoke with protesters in the last few days, but she did not enforce the court’s order. The chief federal conservative Andrew Scheer has been asked a police action and criticized the aboriginal protesters. Minister Miller has, however, praised the approach-supportive of the police.

“For those who want an intervention, I tell them to draw lessons from history, he explained to the Globe. Each of these crises begin by injunctions. What I hear from the indigenous communities, when we speak of the rule of law, it is, for them, the rule of law was again and again invoked to perpetuate what they see as historical injustices.”

Marc Miller met, Saturday, with members of the mohawk community Tyendinaga near Belleville. The minister of Relations Crown-Aboriginal, Carolyn Bennett, must meet Monday with leaders of First Nations in British Columbia.


The Canadian National said Sunday by e-mail to the QMI Agency that about 450 of its employees were covered by notices of layoffs temporary because of the paralysis of her railways, especially near Belleville. About 1,000 employees could temporarily lose their jobs if the crisis continues, has warned the CN.

The main manifestations of support for the hereditary chiefs Wet’suwet’en Sunday

The dam of the CN rail by Mohawks from the community, Tyendinaga, east of Belleville, Ontario, which greatly affects the transport of passengers and goods, was continued for an 11th day, Sunday.

Other events of the same kind, that is, the Mohawks of Kahnawake which disrupts commuter rail service on the line Candiac exo, and that of Listuguj, Gaspé peninsula, which started a few days ago, are also continuing.

Added to that of other events, including one in Saint-Pascal, Bas-Saint-Laurent, where a score of people had blocked a railway line for a few hours, as well as others in the area of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In the east of the country, Île-du-Prince-Édouard, protesters have gathered and have slowed traffic at the entrance to the Confederation bridge to show their support of the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation of British Columbia.

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