Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie – Mackenzie, calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately address the CP Rail strike, and the dangerous impact it will have on the oil and gas, forestry, mining, and agricultural sectors.
“The strike at CP could have harmful and far-reaching effects for residents of the Peace Country,” Warkentin said. “We need a resolution to this dispute to ensure that families that rely on the oil and gas industry, mining, forestry, and agriculture sectors aren’t harmed by the transportation bottleneck caused by a halt to rail traffic.”
Rail transportation in Canada is a federally regulated industry, meaning that the federal government in Ottawa possesses the tools to ensure the smooth flow of goods across Canada.
The strike at CP Rail is already causing major disruptions to an already beleaguered supply chain. Even though several industry groups were asking the Liberal government to intervene last week, nothing has been done to prevent this.
“The forestry, agriculture and energy sectors have already been hard hit by bad government policy, including Trudeau’s devastating carbon tax. This rail strike has the potential to make a tough situation far worse” said Warkentin.
“The government has a responsibility to act,” Warkentin said. “It is time for Justin Trudeau to protect the jobs of hardworking Canadians.”