Public Safety Minister Bill Blair discusses the RCMP’s offer to move from its position on Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia to a nearby town. Speaking with reporters on Parliament Hill ahead of the weekly federal cabinet meeting, the minister says he is hopeful that the offer will help resolve the ongoing pipeline dispute. Supporters of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline project have set up camps between the police checkpoint and the work site. Rail blockades mounted in a number of locations nationwide in support of the hereditary chiefs have disrupted Canada’s rail system.
Blair also speaks with reporters after the cabinet meeting alongside Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Crown-Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Justice Minister David Lametti and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault also comment on the rail blockades. (February 20, 2020) (no interpretation)