February 20, 2020

Edmonton Journal: Alberta businesses insist rail blockades ‘can’t go on much longer’

Albertans are used to waiting for new pipelines to be built.

But waiting for Ottawa to find a solution to anti-pipeline blockades is creating more anxiety for Alberta businesses and the Kenney government.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government asked for patience this week as his government strives to resolve protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that have stopped rail shipments and led to layoffs in parts of the country.

With blockades continuing, business groups and Alberta’s premier say more federal action is needed to resolve the impasse quickly.

“Our members, our farmers, rely completely on this rail network. We can’t pipeline our grain,” said Scott Bolton, CEO of the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative, which has 110,000 members across the province.

“This situation just can’t go on much longer and it needs to be resolved. It’s as simple as that.”

His comments come as the economic toll is escalating, with rail lines in parts of the country being pinched by the blockades. The protests were set up in support of some hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia who oppose the Coastal GasLink development in that province.

Image: Edmonton Journal


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