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Illegal actions against pipeline have put Canada’s future at stake

The very first thing our man child Trudeau did in 2016 was to bend over with a bar of soap in his hands as he repealed the accountability act towards Native spending. They have been washing regularly ever since.

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Trudeau criticized for shaking hands with Iranian foreign minister after deadly plane crash

Posted February 14, 2020 10:57 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing criticism over new photographs showing him shaking hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

The meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday quickly sparked criticism online given that Iran shot down a passenger plane last month near Tehran killing all 176 on board, including 57 Canadians. Since then, it has refused to hand over the black boxes recovered from the crash site.

READ MORE: Iran must accept it lacks ‘technical capability’ to analyze plane crash black boxes, says Champagne

Iranian state propaganda platforms posted images of that meeting after the fact.

Trudeau was questioned by reporters on Friday about why he stopped in on the scheduled meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Zarif, and defended the move.

“I made a promise to families in Canada to do everything I could to make sure that they get answers, that we have a full and complete investigation, that we understand exactly what happened,” he said.

“I went by to impress upon the foreign minister of Iran how important it is that we work together.”


#Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif and Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau discussed bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern on the sidelines of @MunSecConf on Friday 

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News of the handshake and meeting prompted academics, political critics and human rights activists to question Trudeau’s decision.

Not a good look to see PM Trudeau with smiling FM Zarif of Iran after Canadians killed at the hands of Iranian incompetence and malice on Ukrainian plane- not to mention the innocent Iranian protestors‘ killed,” tweeted Bessma Momani, senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and an expert on Canadian relations with Iran. 

Kaveh Shahrooz, senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, tweeted that while shaking hands sometimes comes with the job, it should have been avoided in this instance given Iran’s killing of the 57 Canadians, which had originally been pegged at 63 when the tragedy first occurred.

“Look, I get that leaders sometimes have to shake hands with unsavoury people,” he tweeted. “But Iran just killed 63 Canadians. Maybe the PM could’ve avoided this particular photo op. Maybe a UNSC seat isn’t worth a firesale of every last thing Canadians hold dear.”

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist with Voice of America’s Persian service, said the families of the plane crash victims are “furious.”



Mr @JustinTrudeau

Families of Ukrainian Airlines #PS752 victims are furious after seeing these pictures because:

1) They don't know what you talked to @JZarif about behind closed doors. They're expecting transparency with regards to what was said behind closed doors.

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2) Iranians don't trust their government. Their government shot down the #PS752 Ukrainian Airlines plane & denied this for 3 days. Then, when families of the victims pressed for accountability, Iranian officials started harassing the families. These facts should be borne in mind.


3) Families are concerned that the case of the Ukrainian Airlines #PS752 shot down by Iran will be instrumentalised in political games by both sides and justice will not be served. Focus should be on bringing to justice the culprits. Iranians don’t trust this regime.



Conservative MP Peter Kent also accused Trudeau in a tweet of “shaking hands with Iran’s chief propagandist and cheerleader for [the] regime’s terrorist agenda.”

READ MORE: Trudeau says without recent escalations, Iran plane crash victims would be ‘home with their families’

Canada and Iran do not have formal diplomatic relations — the former Conservative government shuttered the embassy and cut off ties in 2012.

The Liberal government initially promised to reopen that embassy but has not done so.

But the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 by Iran last month has forced rare direct communication between top Canadian officials and their Iranian counterparts as Canada and other countries that lost citizens in the crash attempt to push for accountability.

Those efforts have included calls for Iran to hand over the two flight recorders recovered from the site of the crash so that they can be decoded and analyzed.

Iran has refused to do so.

Champagne tweeted a readout of the meeting, which said he used the meeting to stress the need for Iran to send the black boxes to France for analysis and agree to compensate the families of victims.

He said countries have been “speaking with one voice” in urging Iran to hand over the recordings.

champagneiran2.jpg?w=1040&quality=70&strip=all2:00Champagne says dual-citizenship not an issue in repatriation of Iran plane crash victims’ remains

 Champagne says dual-citizenship not an issue in repatriation of Iran plane crash victims’ remains

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1 hour ago, Marshall said:

Trudeau criticized for shaking hands with Iranian foreign minister after deadly plane crash

That's what polite diplomats do, there is nothing (NOTHING) to be gained by agenda here. Thats how that world works there.... and there are lots of other grounds for criticism of JT IMO.

As Romeo would say, "shake hands with the devil." 

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2 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

That's what polite diplomats do, there is nothing (NOTHING) to be gained by agenda here. Thats how that world works there.... and there are lots of other grounds for criticism of JT IMO.

As Romeo would say, "shake hands with the devil." 


I agree but Trudeau is not a diplomat, he is just a political animal.  

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I agree but Trudeau is not a diplomat, he is just a political animal.  

I agree but Trudeau is not a diplomat, he is just a political animal puppet.  (There, fixed it for you.)

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59 minutes ago, seeker said:

I agree but Trudeau is not a diplomat, he is just a political animal puppet.  (There, fixed it for you.)

More like a Political Circus .

” The Trudeau government spent nearly $120,000 on tickets to events, concerts and galas in only six months time during 2019.

Nearly $10,000 (roughly $247 each) was spent on bringing 35 foreign investors to see the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, as well as tickets for Bryan Adams concert tickets for the Canadian ambassador to Serbia. The Liberals tallied up a total of $118,700 on tickets for fundraisers, film festivals, and Roughriders games, according to a new breakdown released following a Conservative Party order paper submitted.

Global Affairs Canada calls the bills spending put towards “cultural diplomacy.”

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Meanwhile, trying to explain why half the country’s rail lines are hijacked by terroists/anarchists....


Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and his senior ministers have been in regular contact with premiers and others to find a solution to the protests. He also said that politicians should not be telling police how to act. “First of all, obviously, we are not the kind of country where politicians get to tell the police what to do in operational matters. 

Oh...excuse me??? I seem to recall a situation


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the police investigation into Vice-Admiral Mark Norman will "inevitably" lead to "court processes," even though the military's second-highest ranked officer has not yet been charged with any crime.

Trudeau did not elaborate on why he believes the case will end up in court, despite the RCMP having yet to lay charges, but did say the protection of cabinet secrets is extremely important.

The prime minister also predicted last April that Norman's case would end up in court, leading to accusations from the Official opposition Conservatives of political interference in the case.



The more this guy opens his mouth, and the more the world gets to see his record and the results of his governance, the more this country will slide into irrelevance.....oh yeah, Canada is back....lmao.

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1 hour ago, st27 said:

Meanwhile, trying to explain why half the country’s rail lines are hijacked by terroists/anarchists....

Oh...excuse me??? I seem to recall a situation

The more this guy opens his mouth, and the more the world gets to see his record and the results of his governance, the more this country will slide into irrelevance.....oh yeah, Canada is back....lmao.

I like the Deputy PM.  She is much more lucid than the boy. Maybe the Liberals are grooming her for when Justin takes his costly seat in the UN.

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Trudeau aka Mr. Dithers, leads Canada into tribal devolution

Feb 12, 2020 | Politics

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Justin Trudeau, the 2020 chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly shared, “…as a way not just of countering the pull of extremism in some places or the cynicism of populism, but as a way of building a real and tangible future for countries around the world.”

Would that he practiced these values at home!

Where is the cooperation creating economic opportunity and prosperity in Canada?

Canada, a country based on peace, order and good government has devolved in to a country of tribes going at each other. Instead of working together for the betterment for all, participating in our social contract, we are fighting with each other to protect our little areas. This is my land. No this is my land. Whose land is it?

There are approximately 600 Indigenous tribes in this country of 35 million people, and ten provinces and three territories. John A MacDonald, who is now reviled for his interactions with Indigenous peoples 150 years ago, brought all of us together from east to west with the railroad. Seems to me that this is the last thing any leader did to unite this country.

Today we have a government that instead of promoting peace, order and good government, promotes tribalism. This Liberal government is breaking up the country, pandering to the different tribes, let alone regions. The west wants the pipelines. Companies have been working on getting these pipelines approved for ten years. TEN years. The courts have been involved. Yet, not even the courts seem to be able to overrule “tribes.”

Rail travel in eastern Canada is at the mercy of a few Indigenous people in the west going against the law. The blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk territory took over the tracks between Toronto and the east in solidarity with demonstrators in northwest B.C., where Indigenous people and supporters are protesting the construction of a pipeline that crosses Wet’suwet’en territory. The railway blockade included the Mohawk Warrior Society whose red-backed flag was visible on top of a long, upright crossing barrier and a hand-painted sign read: “#RCMP get out.”

Hundreds of passenger and freight trains on that route from Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal were disrupted. What about the economic fallout from that, or the economic loss in the West at the ports? Does anyone care? Or are we too worried about upsetting a few members of a tribe? When did the few get to rule over the many?

In Edmonton, protesters handed out pamphlets declaring “Canada must respect Indigenous Law.” OK. Do they have to respect Canadian law? Seems they do. They don’t have an absolute veto over legislation.

Now it is important to know the blockade is over the Coastal GasLink pipeline which feeds into a $36-billion liquefied natural gas project that was approved by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau at the end of 2018. TC Energy, the Calgary-based company building the pipeline, has signed benefit agreements with the roughly 20 First Nations who reside along the route.

The project has received broad consent from Indigenous communities, including elected Wet’suwet’en officials, but hereditary chiefs have strongly opposed its development.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said “We’ve obviously seen projects that are legally approved but have still had some challenges. In a country where we enable people to have free speech, have their point of view, we are always going to have people that don’t agree with the process that we’ve gone through.” So the government is enforcing the projects, anyway. No? Oh.

Instead we are left with internecine fighting amongst the tribes, let alone with the citizens in Alberta and millions of others who want to see our children and grandchildren thrive in a thriving Canada.

What about the Frontier oil sands mine in Alberta? What is happening there? A joint review panel from the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency gave the go ahead last summer but still no green light. Seems the agencies involved gave the blessing following Stephen Harper’s process and not Trudeau. When is enough, enough? How many regulatory hurdles must a company jump through to get approval? Why would any company ever want to invest in Canada?

Now there may be a problem in New Brunswick. Maybe? Ha!

A small Toronto company, Maritime Iron, wants to turn iron ore into pig iron used in steel making. Seems the problem is emissions. The emission from this mine could prevent Canada from meeting its emission commitment for 2030. And nothing should ever supersede emission controls. That this company could add 200 jobs to the Maritimes seems to be small potatoes when compared to the job potential in Alberta if the Frontier mine is built. But the Maritimes are smaller than Alberta. Who are the geniuses behind these statistics used to condemn the company?

And let us not forget Quebec. Our PM doesn’t. What’s good for Quebec is good for Canada. Let’s not make a west to east pipeline through Quebec because there isn’t “social acceptability” in the province for it to proceed, despite the fact that New Brunswick is saying it has underutilized refinery capacity and Canada is buying oil from Saudi Arabia. When it comes to Canada it is all about Tribalism. All about me. Not in my back yard. But the blockade on the railway? Now the Quebec government is angry. Because THEY are affected.

What is the Liberal government doing to promote the law?

Our Trudeau Liberal minority government is still dithering. Will the residents of Alberta have the right to work for a living while bringing prosperity to the country, or will they be given welfare as a backstop for denying our right to send our resources to market while we import oil from Saudi Arabia. Seems it is now considered better to support reduction in carbon and put proud, hard-working Canadians on welfare, than protect and defend human rights in some of the world’s worst human rights abusive countries. I thought our Ditherer- in- Chief cared about human rights?

Well why should we be surprised? Our proud PM stands with Iran and North Korea at the UN, so why not Saudi Arabia? Especially when you are groveling for a seat at the UN table.

And speaking of groveling; how much money are we paying to send our PM to Africa to chat for eight days, this after sending two cabinet ministers and a parliamentary secretary ahead of him.  Seems  like a last ditch effort to cover up the fact that Canada failed to meet the commitment to reach the UN goal for development spending of 0.7 per cent of gross national income. Canada’s current level is less than 0.3 per cent, which has it near the bottom of the pack among of the roughly three-dozen richest countries in the world. I just learned that we have given the West African country of Mali $1.6 billion in development assistance over the last decade. Just curious, but did we get value for our money because I know our Vets could use it.

How much money of ours is he giving away in a real quid pro quo to the leaders of the 54 countries of the African Union, many of them authoritarian, so they will vote for us to be on the UN non-permanent Security Council? Our dear leader, who champions human rights, gender equality at home, seems to be tongue tied when he leaves.

Thomas Kwasi Tieku, an associate professor and Canada-Africa relations expert at King’s University College in London, Ont., said Canada needs to be careful about which countries it appeals to for support in its Security Council bid. He said Canada should be wary about appearing too friendly with countries such as South Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Togo and Uganda, because of their poor track records on governance, human rights and gender equality.

Well, it’s not as if we didn’t know that we had a two faced PM.

If all else fails, perhaps the celebrity power of Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who joined Mr. Trudeau on the trip to Ethiopia will help. He grew up in Nigeria and is well known across much of Africa.

Then again, according to the Black Political Action Committee of Canada what is really important is that “Prime Minister Trudeau will do well to listen and seek greater understanding of the Black experience across Canada balanced with Canada’s role in the economic empowerment of African continental states. It is only after this that he will be able to contribute to sustainable change.”

Remember studying the Industrial Revolution? It lifted millions out of poverty. It also brought smog. Air quality was pathetic. But the revolution did not stop. People, with intelligence, figured out how to fix air quality without reducing quality of life; without fear of end times. There is no reason why we cannot figure out the problem with carbon emissions without taking down the west.

Perhaps, though, this is a problem too difficult for our PM. And so Mr. Dithers divides us into tribes

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Not bad for a national newspaper:


At a stop-off in Germany Trudeau allowed that Canada is “a country of laws” and also, of course, that there is “freedom to demonstrate and to protest.”

“Getting that balance right and wrapping it up in the path forward … is really important.”

Gee, thanks. And whose job would it be to get that balance right but the prime minister, who has done so much to talk the country into a position where protesters feel free to ignore the courts, and police feel helpless to intervene, all in the name of reconciliation efforts that can only lose public sympathy the longer the spectacle persists.

If Justin Trudeau has lost interest in his job perhaps he should call a leadership vote so someone with greater concern can take on these issues. He would then be free to express his high-minded ideals unhampered by any responsibility for successfully putting them to work.


if this was in the Globe....Trudeau would really be in trouble.

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This year Ottawa will spend more on federal interest payments than on employment insurance benefits

VANCOUVERIn fiscal year 2019-20, Ottawa will spend more than $24 billion on federal interest payments, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Since the 2008-09 recession, the federal debt has increased by more than $260 billion, and taxpayers are on the hook for the increased interest costs,” said Jake Fuss, Fraser Institute economist and coauthor of Interest Costs and their Growing Burden on Canadians.

For example, this year the federal government will spend a projected $24.4 billion on interest payments on the federal debt—considerably more than Ottawa expects to spend on employment insurance benefits ($19.3 billion). And more than this year’s projection for the Canada Child Benefit ($24.1 billion), a monthly payment made to eligible families with children.

Consequently, interest costs on the federal debt will consume 7.2 per cent of federal revenues in 2019-20, despite historically low interest rates. Put differently, federal interest costs will equal $649 per Canadian.

And of course, taxpayers pay interest costs on provincial government debt and their province’s portion of the federal debt. On a per-person basis, the combined federal and provincial interest costs range from a high of $3,343 in Newfoundland & Labrador to a low of $1,156 in British Columbia.

“In their upcoming budgets, the federal and provincial governments can address these interest costs by ensuring balanced budgets by better controlling government spending,” Fuss said.

Canada's Interest Costs


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He wants a seat on the Security Council but refuses to deal with a current threat to Canadian Security.   

Canada at 'tipping point' over Wet'suwet'en land dispute

Tensions mount as solidarity protests and blockades grow in support of Wet'suwe'ten land defenders.

by Brandi Morin
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Alberta, Canada - Protests, blockades and other actions by Indigenous people and their allies in Canada have brought the country to a "tipping point".

That is according to Chief Wilton Littlechild, the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.

"This is a tipping point for Canada and it illustrates a real need for reconciliation to begin where it hasn't and to continue where it has," Littlechild told Al Jazeera via phone.


For weeks, protesters have taken to the streets, railways and ports, paralysing parts of the country's transportation sector, to stand in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders, who are fighting to stop the construction of a pipeline on their traditional territories in northern British Columbia (BC). Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who hold authority over their land, say they were not properly consulted on the 670km (416-mile) Coastal GasLink pipeline. The company says it reached agreements with 20 elected First Nations band councils. In December, the BC Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an injunction to continue work on the pipeline. 

Following the arrests of Wet'suwet'en land defenders about two weeks ago, tensions have mounted as solidarity actions have grown across the country, with many calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to solve the crisis.

On the other side, provincial government leaders have condemned Trudeau for failing to endorse forceful action on the protesters, pointing to the blockade's economic effects.

"These illegal blockades are trying to shut down Canada, and there's people losing their jobs, blue-collar people, vulnerable people, propane storage [is] running short in hospitals in Quebec," said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

"Enough is enough," he added at a news conference on Wednesday in Edmonton.

Supporters of the Indigenous Wet'suwet'en Nation's hereditary chiefs maintain a railway blockade as part of protests against British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline, in St Lambert, Quebec [Christinne Muschi/Reuters] 

Canada's opposition leader Andrew Scheer demanded Trudeau remove the "radical activists" who are holding the country "economic hostage".

Canadian National Railway (CN) and Via Rail Canada announced temporary layoffs of close to 1,500 people this week as a result of the demonstrations. According to Dennis Darby, CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the blockades are holding up approximately $321m ($425 million Canadian) worth of goods every day.

Meanwhile, Quebec Premier Francois Legault warned Trudeau to issue an ultimatum to protesters to remove their blockades and allow for medical supplies, propane and other necessities delivered by rail back to the region. If not, Legault said he's prepared to take the matter into his own hands by enlisting the help of provincial police.

"We are losing control," Legault told a group of news reporters at the Quebec legislative building earlier this week. "I don't want to be back in the middle of a propane crisis with the farmers. I don't want to find myself to not have planes taking off because we no longer have fuel. These barricades must be dismantled in the coming days. Nothing can be excluded right now ... yes, we have to respect Indigenous people, listen to them, but we also need to listen to Canadians, to Quebecers."

A supporter of the Indigenous Wet'suwet'en Nation's hereditary chiefs camps at a railway blockade as part of protests against British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline, in Edmonton, Alberta [Codie McLachlan/Reuters] 

Trudeau says invoking police action will not help.

"We need to resolve it not just for today and tomorrow, but for the weeks and months to come. The approach the leader of the opposition [Scheer] is proposing would not ensure jobs and stability for Canadians in the future. We're focused on resolving it peacefully," Trudeau said from Parliament Hill Wednesday.

He added, however, that the blockades are unacceptable.

"This government is working extremely hard to resolve this situation," he told reporters. "We know people are facing shortages, they're facing disruptions, they're facing layoffs - that's unacceptable."


Since taking office in 2015, Trudeau has said his government's number one priority is reconciliation with First Nations.

But the latest tensions underscore that the road to reconciliation has been rocky.

Things can go one of many ways, Littlechild told Al Jazeera.

"If it continues in a negative way it will hurt all the good efforts of reconciliation," Littlechild said. "This is a new era and we can look to the United Nations, the Treaties, the TRC Calls to Action. There's solutions proposed in those documents that are helpful."

Signs are posted on a fence as supporters of the Indigenous Wet'suwet'en Nation's hereditary chiefs maintain a railway blockade as part of protests against British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline, in St Lambert, Quebec [Christinne Muschi/Reuters] 

Sylvia McAdam, a Cree lawyer and professor at the University of Windsor, agreed.

"This is not a new resistance," said McAdam, one of the founders of Idle No More, a movement born in 2012 in response to parliamentary bills that threatened Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections.

"I think today we're reaching a boiling point where Indigenous people are so tired of the racism, they're tired of colonisation, they're tired of protecting and defending (rights and land)," she told Al Jazeera.

McAdam said Canada needs to reckon with its past and pay the debts it owes First Nations.

"I hope that the colonial state called Canada will make fundamental changes in how they work with Indigenous Peoples," she said. "That means we get our lands back, honour the treaties, none of the lands are ceded or surrendered. If that doesn't happen you're [Canada] going to condemn the next generation [my grandchildren] to poverty and you're going to leave behind a very angry generation of young people."

First Nations members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory maintain a camp next to a railway crossing, in support of Wet'suwet'en Nation members who are trying to stop construction of British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline [Chris Helgren/Reuters] 

For now, however, it is unclear if the situation will de-escalate.

Federal police from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) sent a letter to hereditary chiefs this week, saying they would withdraw from Wet'suwet'en territory along the pipeline's route as long as a service road was kept clear. Hereditary chiefs, however, rejected the offer, saying the RCMP are still patrolling the territory. Some hereditary chiefs will travel to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on Friday and are expected to hold a news conference.

According to Littlechild, the situation will take "political will" on all sides to come to an agreement.

"This could be an opportunity to resolve these challenges together and learn to live peacefully together going forward."


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Tough talk from our PM full of sound and fury but not containing any deadlines for the blockades to end, nor any penalties if they do not come down.  He also made it clear that it is the sole responsibility of the Police and the protesters re. the blockades and washed his hands of any responsibility in that regard.

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and here we go.....

Protesters refuse to leave tracks south of Montreal, threat of police intervention looms

Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the Quebec economy is losing $100 million a day, and he hopes it will be resoved peacefully.
Protesters sit together as they block the train tracks in Saint-Lambert, despite being served an injunction.

MONTREAL -- A line of tactical officers is standing opposite a camp where protesters are blocking train tracks in St-Lambert, south of Montreal, raising the spectre of police intervention to forcibly remove them from the tracks.

Small groups of police early Friday evening have been meeting with the protesters, trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the blockade, the officers said.  

Officers on Thursday night served the protesters with an injunction demanding they dismantle their barricades and leave. About two dozen protesters and observers expect officers to intervene, though it is unclear when such an intervention would take place.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the barricades must come down, insisting that “the law must be upheld.” But Trudeau did not go as far as to instruct police to take action.

The St-Lambert blockade has snarled commuter train service to Mont-Saint-Hilaire, south of Montreal, for two straight days. 


Still a waiting game at the St. Lambert rail blockade. Though there are fewer than half of the 80 or so protestors who were here three days ago but they’re digging in their heels. Police remain close by monitoring the situation. #CJAD800


Now the main contingent of protestors have moved off to the side of the tracks and they’re hunkered down there instead of in the middle of the tracks. Line of police still there in the distance though. #CJAD800

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Police cruisers are regularly passing in front of the barricade, where activists have set up tents and makeshift shelters.

"We are not interested in talking to the media about a possible police intervention," one of the protesters told The Canadian Press Friday morning. "This is an insignificant detail in the fight, it interests journalists only."

About 100 protesters initially built snowbanks on the CN track where it crosses Saint-Georges Street, near the intersection of Highways 116, 112 and 134.

Many of them have refused to identify themselves, saying "the cause goes far beyond the individuals; our identity is anecdotal, we are here to listen to the Wet'suwet'en."


This resident is not happy... He is telling demonstrators they need to go home.... in a colourful way... #CJAD800

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The injunction granted to CN Rail by Superior Court Justice France Dulude authorized "any police services or peace officers" to assist the company in executing the order.

The group is demonstrating in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs of northern British Columbia, who oppose the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territory. However, elected chiefs along the pipeline’s route support the project.

"I am a settler," said Hannah Morrow, one of the demonstrators. "If I get arrested doing something like this, that's nothing compared with what other Indigenous people go through in this country all the time."


Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Friday he will leave it to police to enforce the injunction, but he hopes the blockade will be removed "rapidly."

Legault has previously criticized Trudeau's after he stayed mum on whether he would set a deadline for protesters to leave or be removed from the tracks.

The premier has even urged the federal government to coordinate forces in "every province at the same time."

He noted he is already in discussions with the management team of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) on the matter.

Railway blockades across the country have caused widespread passenger and cargo train delays and cancellations. Via Rail, which relies on CN’s tracks, has cancelled most of its service nationwide, and business leaders have expressed grave concerns about the economic toll of the shutdown.

-- with files from The Canadian Press.

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Why do the protesters, if their cause is just and worthy, conceal their identity with masks, hoods, and sunglasses?? Is it perhaps they have a police record? Have warrants? Aren’t really part of the community they are representing? Antifa?..... Tired of the hypocrisy and double standard of law enforcement ...

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Francis on why Liberals have failed on blockades

These blockades are about lawlessness, not protests or rights,

  • Calgary Herald
  • 22 Feb 2020
  • Diane Francis writes.
img?regionKey=Uf7DJ2fHmv65qhLMMqjR9Q%3d%3dBLAIR GABLE/REUTERS Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is missing in action as usual — this time regarding the blockades crisis, argues Diane Francis. She says the blockades in the East are not about a pipeline, but involve Indigenous radicals, mostly Mohawks, and a few environmental extremists.

The ongoing Indigenous blockades bruises Canada’s image and is now causing serious damage in the form of layoffs, shortages and investor nervousness.

But even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an end to the blockades, he still appears to have no grasp of what’s happened.

These road and railway blockades are not about protests or rights, but about lawlessness. This crisis is about leaderless drift, not just federally, but also among those who lead Canada’s 632 First Nations.

People simply protesting, and not causing property damage or disruption, are no problem and should be left alone. But those who are breaking the law by blocking roads or railways must be arrested or isolated until they desist and withdraw.

It’s also important to distinguish between the crisis in the Western Canada and the one in the East.

In British Columbia, the blockade over a proposed pipeline is not a national issue, but a local squabble between 20 Indigenous bands that have approved the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project, and five hereditary chiefs of the

Wet’suwet’en nation who claim jurisdiction over all 20 bands and their lands, which constitutes an area the size of Israel. There is absolutely no legal or constitutional basis for their audacious jurisdictional assertion. And there is absolutely no social or local political basis for them obstructing the 20 bands that approved the pipeline.

Instead of standing down, the RCMP should secure the pipeline’s 670-kilometre route, so it can be completed, as authorized by courts. This should be done in collaboration with personnel drawn from the 20 First Nations that want the project completed, in order to give it more legitimacy.

The leaders who broke the law in the first place should face arrests, prosecutions and fines. But going forward, the 20 First Nations and the Wet’suwet’en should submit to arbitration to resolve their internal jurisdictional dispute, so this squabbling doesn’t recur.

The disruption in the East, on the other hand, involves blockages of railway lines near Belleville, Ont., and Montreal, which has caused widespread economic damage in the form of supply stoppages and hundreds of layoffs.

That the federal government has not laid down the law already concerning the sabotage of a system that crosses provincial boundaries constitutes a total dereliction of duty.

Quebec Premier François Legault spoke with Ontario Premier Doug Ford this week and said in an interview that, “It’s up to Justin Trudeau to solve the problem. This is creating many inconveniences in Quebec and in Ontario. It does not concern Quebec, it does not concern Ontario, it concerns the federal government. It’s up to them to find the solution. It’s not our responsibility, Doug or myself, but we are suffering a lot.”

He’s right. The prime minister has largely been missing in action — as usual.

The blockades in the East are not about a pipeline, but involve Indigenous radicals, mostly Mohawks, and a few environmental extremists. Both blockades are billed as actions taken in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, but this is bunk. Both are simply the intersection of criminal behaviour and opportunism.

Interestingly, the Tyendinaga Mohawks blocking the CN mainline in Belleville are not on their traditional territory (it’s Huron territory).

They immigrated there in 1793 after they were expelled from the United States due to their support for the British during the American Revolution. They were given a land grant, but some lands have been clawed back over the years and this has yet to be resolved.

But their grievance is unrelated to the issue in B.C. and those involved are holding Canada hostage without legal justification. And they will do so again and again. The same applies to the Kahnawake Mohawks, who are also obstructing rail traffic and are also in a legal battle over land.

It’s all complicated, but it’s also simple at the same time. Illegal is illegal and justice must be swift. As for band squabbles, they should be confined to the bands themselves, along with courts or arbitrators.

Until then, Canadians have neither peace, order nor good government.

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Helping the effort (not) is the media that is reporting that the hereditary chiefs are meeting with the Mohawks, the reality is 5 out of the 13 are, hardly a majority but the average reader in the east will be swayed to think the 5 represent the majority of the citizens but even within the 5, there are 2 who ran for elected chief and were rejected by their tribes..... a little like our present government.  In any event, it appears the 5 have given Justin the rigid middle finger so I guess we will need to wait and see. Of course the Mohawks (at least the radical ones) are embolden by what happened or did not happen in the past when they chose the path of illegal protests. 

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“It’s becoming clear how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to escape his self-created crisis of transportation blockades and economic gridlock: he is going to use the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a bargaining chip to end the blockades.

In return, the Indigenous militants and their climate change allies will gain a virtual veto over all future pipelines and other major infrastructure projects in all 10 provinces.”

 The prime minister's dangerous game

Justin Trudeau could make this much worse if he caves to an Indigenous veto over infrastructure projects


It’s becoming clear how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to escape his self-created crisis of transportation blockades and economic gridlock: he is going to use the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as a bargaining chip to end the blockades.

In return, the Indigenous militants and their climate change allies will gain a virtual veto over all future pipelines and other major infrastructure projects in all 10 provinces. This is a classic example of desperate political leaders trading short-term gain for long-term pain. Canada’s economic future would be mortgaged for a quick political fix. This plan should be immediately challenged by all provincial premiers.

The Liberals introduced UNDRIP legislation in the previous Parliament, but it did not pass. It was promised for this year in the throne speech and was scheduled to be introduced this week. But it was suddenly taken off the agenda.

protester_walks.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=590A protester walks in front of a snowplow blade that has signatures from Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, at a rail blockade in Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont., on Feb. 21, 2020. Lars Hagberg/AFP via Getty Images

Now it appears as though the Liberals are offering to withdraw the RCMP from Wet’suwet’en territory, along with a commitment to “negotiate” the wording of the UNDRIP bill with First Nations leaders. For the latter, this is an offer that’s too good to refuse.

Earlier this month, Canadians were finally given an authoritative high court ruling that the judicially created “duty to consult” does not create an Aboriginal veto over major infrastructure projects, such as the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Predictably, this ruling has been widely denounced by Indigenous leaders, who assumed it did. So you can be assured that their number 1 priority in influencing the wording around any new UNDRIP legislation will be to restore that veto.


An UNDRIP veto over pipelines and other major infrastructure projects would be a dream come true for Indigenous militants and their climate change allies. But it would be an economic disaster for Canada. The second-biggest losers would be all 10 provinces and three territories, which would see all major infrastructure projects on their lands subject to Aboriginal vetoes and the financial blackmail that would inevitably ensue.

blockage-1-1.png?w=590Protesters at blockade on the train tracks in St-Lambert on Feb. 20, 2020. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

But the biggest losers will be all Canadians — including Aboriginals, especially those living in remote, rural regions where new pipelines would create permanent jobs in the local economies — who will watch capital investment leave Canada and their jobs and standards of living slump, as we grind into permanent gridlock.

To prevent this, the premiers must collectively go to Ottawa and insist that they be present and have a voice in any negotiations with Indigenous leaders. They should insist that this is their constitutional right, since any UNDRIP legislation will quickly become a de facto constitutional rule affecting provincial jurisdictions. Such amendments require the consent of at least seven, if not all 10, provinces. The provinces must insist that they be at the table when any UNDRIP legislation is being drafted, to ensure that no new veto is worked into the legislation. The language used will be critical to the future of their provinces.





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Justin told the protesters that he had reached his limits and they were to take down their barricades or (he forgot that part), so needless to say only one came down and others went up.  Go figure. I guess we will have to wait for "Daddy" to come home and take charge.  


In downtown Toronto, demonstrators send a strong message a day after Trudeau demands that blockades be taken down

  • Toronto Star
  • 23 Feb 2020
  • ALYSHAH HASHAM STAFF REPORTER With files from Tonda MacCharles, Alex Ballingall and Raneem Alozzi

Demonstrators gather at Queen’s Park before moving on to city hall. Another blockade sprang up in Saskatchewan on Saturday, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs met with Mohawks in Quebec.

Thousands gathered at Queen’s Park Saturday in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en leaders with a simple message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: It’s not over.

On Friday, Trudeau called for an end to the rail blockades across the country brought on by nationwide demonstrations in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline that would cross their traditional territory in northern British Columbia.

The chiefs have rejected that plea, continuing to demand the removal of an RCMP office and an end to patrols on their territory, as well as ceasing the construction of the pipeline during talks.

“We are once again in a fight for our lives,” said Eve Saint, daughter of a Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief, who was arrested by RCMP earlier this month after she and three others refused to leave a camp on Wet’suwet’en territory.

“We have to fight with everything we have to make change. We will not go silently. We will not lay down and dig our own graves and move out of the way. We are not going anywhere,” she told the crowd to cheers.

“Justin Trudeau, we are not going anywhere … Racist Canada, we are not going anywhere. RCMP, we are not going anywhere.”

After Saint’s speech, the protesters marched down University Avenue from Queen’s Park to city hall, singing and drumming. In Nathan Phillips Square, they joined hands in a round dance of five concentric circles.

Audrey Huntley, an activist and paralegal with Aboriginal Legal Services, said there would have been even more people at the rally if there weren’t protests also happening in Niagara Falls at the Ontario Progressive Conservative Convention. But, she said, she was heartened by the turnout, especially from non-Indigenous allies.

“It took a long time to get to this place,” she said.

“Reconciliation on the official level has never been a real thing, in my view … but

I do believe there are good people who are out here today who do want reconciliation and are willing to make those sacrifices that may inconvenience them a little bit.”

The president of the American Indian Movement, Ginew Kwe, Golden Eagle Woman, also known as Suzanne Smoke, said the blockades would stop once the RCMP leaves Wet’suwet’en territory.

Trudeau needs to understand he is dealing with a nation, she said.

“This is our territory and we are going to protect it with everything we have,” she said.

“I kind of laugh that in 12 days, all these Canadians are crying about what they don’t have,” Smoke said. “We have suffered for 500 years.” She condemned those who have made statements that could incite violence against the blockades.

“We are not the savages here. We are here in peace and prayer,” she said. “We are doing everything we can to get the government to hear us, to get Canadians to hear us.”

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Economic damage ‘mounting’ from disruption of railways

Ottawa is noncommittal on whether businesses will be compensated

  • Toronto Star
  • 23 Feb 2020
img?regionKey=EHr9Ah44kfWRkuOF1vAXYA%3d%3dLARS HAGBERG THE CANADIAN PRESS Manufacturers and exporters are asking Ottawa to provide emergency funding to businesses affected by the rail blockades.

Freight t rains stopped, shipments stalled and the financial losses are mounting for farmers, businesses and laid-off workers.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday called the situation “unacceptable and untenable.” But will Ottawa help shoulder any of the cost of the blockades that have interrupted train service since Feb. 6?

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is asking Ottawa to create a dedicated relief program to address the financial fallout of the blockades, which has prompted CN to halt service on large parts of its network.

“Emergency funding is needed to help the Canadian economy during this crisis,” the organization said in a statement to the Star on Friday.

It is seeking immediate assistance on two fronts: help for laid-off workers and “cost-saving” measures for businesses to offset added expenses incurred because of the rail stoppage.

They also want to create an “emergency business caucus” — made up of the country’s largest trade associations — to advise government.

Other business associations say they have not asked the government for financial compensation but warn of “mounting” economic damage from the rail disruptions.

Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said his organization heard that message firsthand during a conference call with other chambers of commerce across the country on Friday.

“We are now seeing layoffs, depleted inventories and a rapidly increasing risk that essential supplies like grain for livestock, oxygen for hospitals and propane for residential heating will not be sufficient,” Beatty said in a statement. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has not broached the topic of compensation with the government, although the economic toll is being felt,” spokesperson Phil Taylor said. “It is clear the impacts are really starting to bite businesses of all kinds.”

Likewise, Goldy Hyder, president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Canada, said none of the businesses represented by his organization have raised the issue of compensation. But he noted the economic impact extends beyond companies.

“The interruption in rail traffic is not just an issue for corporate Canada. Many workers and their families — not to mention small business owners and entrepreneurs right across the country — have lost money as a result of the blockades,” Hyder said in a statement to the Star.

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau acknowledged the financial hardships experienced by farmers, businesses and the more than 1,000 CN and Via Rail workers who have been laid off. But he said the focus right now is on resolving the situation and suggested any talk of compensation would have to wait.

“That is what we’re working towards and we’ll be able to think about all those things once we get to a conclusion,” Morneau said Thursday.

Asked Friday whether compensation was being considered, Morneau’s office was noncommittal.

“While it’s too early to estimate the full economic impact of the blockades, we are aware of their very real impacts on the Canadian economy,” spokesperson Maéva Proteau said, adding the finance department was “closely monitoring the situation.”

The federal government has in the past provided assistance to companies and sectors of the economy hit by unexpected disruptions.

For example, the federal government came up with an aid package to help Canadian steel and aluminum producers hit by levies imposed by the Trump administration in 2018. Ottawa also promised $1.75 billion to Canadian dairy farmers to compensate for lost market share because of new free trade agreements.

But providing compensation for the financial fallout of this rail blockade could be difficult, and costly, given its broad impact on the economy.

The federal government could also be on the hook for lost revenue suffered by Via Rail, which by Friday had cancelled 691 trains and refunded tickets for more than 123,000 passengers hit by the service shutdown.

Via Rail president and CEO Cynthia Garneau has called the situation “unprecedented” in the company’s 42-year history.

The Crown corporation gets 80 per cent of its revenue from passengers travelling the Quebec City to Windsor corridor, where service has been interrupted or stopped entirely since Feb. 6.

Yet the financial toll on the Crown corporation — which got $272.6 million in federal funding for its operations in 2018 — is unclear.

That’s because many of its routes are heavily subsidized by taxpayers. For example, in 2018, Via trains carried 2.5 million passengers on its MontrealOttawa-Toronto route, earning $192 million in revenue. Yet the cost of providing that service cost $285 million.

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On one hand as much as I disagree with these illegal roadblocks, on the other I hope they continue if for no other reason to prove to Canadians what a gutless virtue signalling wimp we have as a PM. Pierre he is NOT.

With any luck at all his government might fall, and out of the ensuing chaos some sanity might poke its head out.

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