Negotiations that do not lead to anything in the Gaspé

Des négociations qui ne mènent à rien en Gaspésie

After attempting to negotiate with the mi’kmaq to move a convoy of wind turbine blades by train Listuguj, the Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie to throw in the towel.

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The rail carrier had to pass a convoy of 72 wagons containing a total of 48 wind turbine blades, New Richmond in Matapedia, for Saturday.

However, protesters mi’kmaq installed on the track for a few days flatly refuse all passage of trains, whatever it is. This block aims to support the hereditary chiefs Wet’suwet’en of British Columbia, who oppose the pipeline project Coastal GasLink.

“They discuss, but they do not have a clear structure. What makes you to talk with someone in the evening and this is no longer the same the next morning, so it’s not obvious,” explained on Thursday morning, the president of the Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie and the mayor of New Richmond, Éric Dubé.

“No control”

Already, he deplored the lack of openness of the protesters who only wanted one thing.

“They want the RCMP to ensure reserves in Western canada. Then, me, I have no control over that. I have no argument and I have nothing to offer, unfortunately.”

In the evening on Thursday, tired of the negotiations that led visibly to nothing, the company has terminated its talks.

Trudeau must get involved, says the PQ

For its part, the interim leader of the Parti Québécois and mna for Matane-Matapédia, quebec, and Pascal Bérubé, believes that the situation has gone on long enough and demand to the federal to intervene.

“Aboriginal peoples have rights recognized, but certainly not one of block [channels] railway. It would not be premature for the prime minister Justin Trudeau gets in the way. After all, it is his jurisdiction”, slice-t-it.

Including state economic impacts, but also impacts on passengers and the life of society. He says that one must be able to trade without having to do “this kind of coup”.

“It pays to know one another and work together, to do joint projects. This is the goal that is targeted. We can not accept, in Quebec, that our collective life may be paralysed by a handful of protesters, whether they are indigenous or not.”

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