Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and ministers Marie-Claude Bibeau (agriculture), Jean-Yves Duclos (President of the Treasury Board), Jonathan Wilkinson (environment), Bill Blair (public safety), and Marc Miller (indigenous services) comment on the impact of ongoing rail blockades in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. The House of Commons held an emergency debate the previous evening on the blockades that have disrupted Canada’s rail system. At the centre of the dispute is the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ opposition to the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline that crosses their traditional territory in northern B.C.
Speaking with reporters on Parliament Hill as the Liberal caucus gathers for its weekly meeting, several ministers are also asked about the future of Alberta’s proposed Teck Frontier oilsands mine. The federal cabinet is expected to make a decision on the controversial project by the end of the month. (February 19, 2020) (no interpretation)