Members of Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet are setting up meetings with Indigenous leaders in B.C. and Ontario to discuss the ongoing anti-pipeline protests, which have led to service cancellations by Via Rail nationwide and by CN Rail in Eastern Canada. (The Canadian Press, CTV News)
Talking point: As Trudeau pushes for dialogue, business leaders and opposition politicians are calling for action. Magna CEO Don Walker called the protests “insanity”; Mullen Group’s CEO said they were a form of ecoterrorism. Outgoing Conservative leader Andrew Scheer called on protesters to “check their privilege” and asked law enforcement to shut down the blockades of train tracks. Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is also calling for an end, but is asking protesters to do so voluntarily. There are signs at least some of the demonstrations are dissipating: one west of Winnipeg has been disbanded, and the B.C. Supreme Court granted an injunction blocking further protests at the legislature. Their economic impact is already being felt, with up to 6,000 railway employees standing to lose work at least temporarily. However, the federal Liberals claim their dialogue-focused approach is getting results, and has already led to the dismantling of a blockade near the Port of Prince Rupert.