OTTAWA, The Trudeau government reiterated that the blockade of railway tracks and must cease in respect of the law, but calls for “dialogue” in order not to inflame tensions between police and Aboriginal people.
The minister of Transport Marc Garneau argued Friday that injections requiring anyone not to disrupt the construction of the gas pipeline Coastal Gaslink, in British Columbia, must apply.
“If a company does call for an injunction in a province, this injunction must be respected by the province, but we must also take into consideration how to proceed in situations that are delicate like this,” he said on the sidelines of a meeting with his provincial counterparts in Toronto.
The pressure on the Trudeau government intensified a notch from the carrier, VIA Rail has suspended Thursday all of its connections across the country in the wake of a decision by the Canadian National (CN) to shut down its network in eastern Canada. Tens of thousands of travelers are affected by this service interruption. “The impacts will be felt by every Canadian”, has hammered the minister Garneau Friday, stressing the importance of the transport of goods such as propane. In the same time, he acknowledged the delicacy of the situation, given the historical precedents of escalation of tensions between indigenous communities and police forces. He mentioned in particular the episode between the ontario community of Caledonia and the Ontario provincial Police.
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From Munich, Germany prime minister Justin Trudeau said close monitoring of the situation. “It is a matter of concern, he acknowledged. We will continue to remind people that it is a State of law and we will ensure that the laws are respected.”
He must again take the floor to address the media later Friday.
Many of the native protesters are blocking roads and railway tracks for nearly a week. The Mohawks of Tyendinaga in southern Ontario, and the community of New Hazelton, in northern British Columbia, have launched the ball with a crowd of dams of CN rail corridors, in solidarity with the First Nation Wet’suwet’en, which opposes the pipeline project Coastal GasLink, in British Columbia.
To carry out its project, the pipeline developer has agreed with the elected representatives of the community, but of the hereditary chiefs and supporters oppose it. They feel that the elected representatives of the community do not have the mandate to resolve issues relating to ancestral lands.