Canada doesn't tell police what to do, Trudeau says of rail blockades

Premier John Horgan addresses reporters at the B.C. Legislature Thursday

Premier John Horgan addresses reporters at the B.C. Legislature Thursday

Via Rail said the decision also was forcing the stoppage of all its passenger rain service in Canada, which mostly uses CN track. Commuters, rail workers, Ontario manufacturers and Prairie farmers have all been affected, he said.

"For lumber it's two trucks for every one train auto", Nighbor said.

The blockades began last week after the RCMP enforced an injunction against Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who were blocking construction of the natural gas pipeline, which is a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada export project.

Both companies made their announcements Thursday, with Via Rail claiming that the massive disruption will be temporary stating, "Via Rail has no other option but to cancel all of its services on the network, with the exception of Sudbury-White River (CP Rail) and Churchill-The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), until further notice", CBC reports.

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That message stood in contrast to one from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who earlier Friday called on Trudeau to order Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to use his authority under the RCMP Act to end what he called the "illegal blockades" by Indigenous Peoples at the centre of a dispute over a British Columbia pipeline project.

"That's why we hope that common sense and the rule of law will prevail really soon", he said.

Deputy MP of Ville-Marie-Le-Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs (Teiontiakon) and Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, has agreed to meet with two Chiefs in Tyendinaga Saturday, February 15 to discuss the barricade of the train tracks.

Port authorities said they have been forced to turn ships away due to the shutdown of the country's freight routes.

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"All parties must engage in open and respectful dialogue to ensure this situation is resolved peacefully", another tweet reads.

"I just think there's a critical mass of things happening and issues coming together", she said outside the Ministry of Environment building.

Rotz said she is "standing in solidarity" with Indigenous peoples and nations who are defending their land and their legal system and trying to educate settlers about their traditional governance systems and cultures and ways of being.

"They got that permit by consulting with the band council", said Stephens.

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The company adds that they'll be providing instant refunds to customers for their cancelled trips.

"We are here also to shut down Canada".

Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Chief R. Donald Maracle expressed solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en community in northwestern B.C. and called out actions by the RCMP, which has been enforcing a court injunction on the First Nation's traditional territory and arresting those attempting to block access to the pipeline route.

CN Rail announced it would be shutting down all rail traffic in eastern Canada and Via Rail announced almost all passenger traffic across Canada will halt as aboriginal and far-leftist protesters continue blockades against a natural gas pipeline project.

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