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Idle No More rail blockade affects thousands: Propane industry

Published on December 28, 2012 by in Home

 

TARA JEFFREY, QMI AGENCY

About a dozen demonstrators with the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia, Ont. blocked the CN line on their reserve Friday, Dec. 21 to protest the federal government’s Bill C-45. (CATHY DOBSON/QMI AGENCY)

 

SARNIA, Ont. — The Canadian Propane Association is urging officials to stop a CN rail blockade at Aamjiwnaang First Nation that will threaten thousands of Canadians if it continues.

In a letter to Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, CPA president and CEO Jim Facette urged the federal government, mayor’s office and police to “take the necessary steps to remove the rail blockade in an orderly and safe manner.”

“Sarnia is a key point of departure for the transportation of propane east into Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada,” the letter states.

“The blockade has already begun to affect propane supply and if it continues, the situation will become very problematic to the thousands of Canadians that depend on it to fuel their farms and businesses, as well to heat their homes.”

The interruption will also result in a loss of business revenue and a reduction in business activity for CPA member companies, Facette said.

Members of Aamjiwnaang have been camped out on a CN rail line near Sarnia since Friday as part of the nationwide Idle No More movement.

Native activists say the Idle No More movement has been brewing for years, but it was the omnibus budget Bill C-45 that pushed people to action. MORE

 

 
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