Transport Minister Marc Garneau comments on Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests


PROCESS IN NEW HAZELTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA. WHEN THE LINE WAS REOPENED THIS MORNING AND THIS IS TO PRINCE RUPERT, C.N. AND MY OFFICIALS WERE QUICKLIEN AT APPROPRIATE INSPECTIONS OCCURRED. WITHIN ABOUT THREE HOURS, TRAINS WERE RUNNING AGAIN. IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT THE REOPENING OF THIS SECTION OF THE NETWORK WILL ALLOW THE RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITIES AT THE PORT OF PRINCE RUPERT, WHERE 40% OF THE WORKFORCE IS INDIGENOUS. I REMAIN HOPEFUL SUCH AN APPROACH CAN PROMOTE A SIMILAR POSITIVE OUTCOME IN QUEBEC AND ONTARIO. CLEARLY, THIS IS A DIFFICULT TIME AND THERE IS WORK AHEAD OF US. BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS COMMITTED TO WORKING ON THESE HEARTS IN THE MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE BROADER COMMITMENTS TO RECONCILIATION. WE ALSO ARE A COUNTRY THAT IS A PROUD DEMOCRACY, THAT BELIEFS IN THE RULE OF LAW. SO THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DOING GOING FORWARD. WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD ON RECONCILIATION. SOMETHING WE NEED TO BE DOING BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE PROUD OF BEING A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS UNDER THE RULE OF LAW. [Speaking French]>>(Voice of Translator): I’M GOING TO SAY THE SAME THING IN FRENCH. MY PROVINCIAL COLLEAGUES HAVE MET TODAY AS PART OF THE TRANSPORT MINISTER’S MEETING THAT TAKES PLACE ON A REGULAR BASIS. WILL IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS OUR COMMON INTERESTS. HOWEVER, GIVEN THE RECENT EVENTS, WE HAVE STARTED OUT OUR DISCUSSIONS THIS MORNING, ABOUT THE DEMONSTRATIONS THAT CLOSED DOWN A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE RAIL NETWORK FOR FREIGHT AND PASSENGERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND TO THE RIGHT TO PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION, ARE AMONG THE MOST BASIC RIGHTS IN A DEMOCRACY AND MUST BE PROTECTED AND RESPECTED. I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I AM EXTREMELY CONCERNED BY THE DEMONSTRATIONS THAT ARE DELIBERATELY PREVENTING THE RUNNING OF THE RAIL NETWORK. THERE IS A RISK OF SEEING THIS AS HAVING AN IMPACT ONLY ON THE PROFITABILITY OF LARGE BUSINESSES. HERE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JOBS AND LIVELIHOOD AND TRANSPORTATION OF IMPORTANT PRODUCTS SUCH AS CHEMICALS, GAS, AND OTHERS AS WELL. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE GOOD ARE TRANSPORTED BY TRAIN. THIS HAS A MAJOR IMPACT ON THOSE WHO USE THE TRAIN TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY EITHER FOR WORK OR TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THE IMPACT OF THIS DISRUPTION WILL BE FELT BY ALL CANADIANS. HOWEVER, ONE THING IS CLEAR HERE, THE WAY TO RESOLVE ISSUE IS THROUGH CONSENSUS AND DIALOGUE. THIS APPROACH LED TO REAL PROGRESS IN BRINGING THE DEMONSTRATIONS IN B.C. TO AN END. ONCE THE RAIL LINE WAS REOPENED YESTERDAY, C.N. AND MY OFFICIALS WORKED TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THE APPROPRIATE INSPECTIONS WERE UNDER TAKEN. THE TRAINS WERE ABLE TO START UP AGAIN IN THE THREE HOURS FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE LINE. THE REOPENING OF THE SECTION OF THE NETWORK HAS ALLOWED PRINCE RUPERT AND ITS PORT TO START UP AGAIN. 40% OF THE WORKFORCE IS ABORIGINAL. I HOPE A SIMILAR APPROACH CAN LEAD TO JUST A POSITIVE RESULT IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC. NOW THIS IS A DIFFICULT TIME FOR CANADA. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO REASSURE YOU THAT THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO WORKING ON THIS ISSUE IN A CONSISTENT WAY. AND THAT WE ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS, AT THE SAME TIME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AM NOW READY FOR YOUR QUESTIONS. [Inaudible Question by the Media]>>(Voice of Translator): SEEMS TO REMIND US WHAT HAPPENED AT OKA AND IPPERWASH. CANADA IS A COUNTRY WHERE LAWS MUST BE RESPECTED. IF A BUSINESS OBTAIN ADD INJUNCTION IN A SPECIFIC PROVINCE, THAT INJUNCTION MUST BE UPHELD BY THE PROVINCE, BUT WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER THE WAY WE SHOULD DEAL WITH SITUATIONS LIKE THIS, WHICH ARE DELICATE. YOU MENTIONED IT YOURSELF, CALEDON THAT, IPPERWASH SITUATIONS LIKE THAT, SO HERE, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY. I’M VERY, VERY HEARTENED BY THE FACT THAT DIALOGUE WAS POSSIBLE IN NEW HAZELTON IN B.C. THE PREMIER OF B.C., HIMSELF, AND OUR FEDERAL MINISTER, MISS BENNETT, WILL BE MEETING WITH THE CHIEFS OF THE WET’SUWET’EN AND GITXSAN NATION TO KICK OFF DIALOGUE AND THANKS TO THAT DECISION, DEMONSTRATORS IN NEW HAZELTON REMOVED THE BARRICADES. WE HOPE FOR SIMILAR RESULTS ELSEWHERE BECAUSE MINISTER MILLER HAS COMMITTED TO MEET WITH ABORIGINAL LEADERS IN BELLEVILLE AND THE TYENDINAGA MOHAWKS AS WELL. TO WORK TO A SOLUTION WHICH WILL BE A PEACEFUL SOLUTION, ALLOWING BAUR — KAR BARRICADES TO BE REMOVED [PLEASE STAND BY ] …>>ALMOST AM MINUTE BY BASIS. YOU CAN APPRECIATE THE IMPACT. THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 200 TRAINS CANCELLED BY VIA. AND CN. WE HAVE BEEN IN CONTINENT CONTACT WITH THEM. IT HAS A MAJOR IMPACT TO THE POINT WHERE THEIR EASTERN OPERATIONS HAVE CEASED AT THE MOMENT. GOOD RESULTS WITH THE FACT THAT THE BLOCKADE IN WINNIPEG HAS NOW BEEN PEACEFULLY REMOVED. AS I MENTIONED ALSO, NEW HAZELTON. THIS IS GOOD NEWS AND WE’RE HOPING TO BE ABLE TO RESOLVE THIS SITUATION PEACEFULLY, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. QUESTION PERIOD DO YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT HAS WAITED TOO LONG?>>THE IMMEDIATE SITUATION IS THAT WE HAVE HELL THE POSITION THAT WE MUST ENGAGE WITH THE FIRST NATIONS. WE HAVE HELD THE POSITION THAT WE HAVE — WE MUST ENGAGE WITH THE FIRST NATION. WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT WORKS BASED ON THE RULE OF THE LAW. IT’S THAT APPROACH THAT WE BELIEVE WILL YIELD THE RESULTS AND THE FACT THAT MINISTERS BENNETT AND MINISTER MILLER IS ENGAGE, ALONG WITH MINISTER HORGAN AND THE GOVERNMENTS WORKING TOGETHER WILL YIELD THE RESULTS THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.>>(Question): THIS HAS GONE ON FOR. [INAUDIBLE QUESTION BY MEDIA] [Speaking in French]>>(voice of translator): YES, WELL, THERE’S A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY BECAUSE A RAIL NETWORK IS VERY IMPORTANT AND THE RAIL NETWORK TRANSPORTS THE MAJORITY OF GOODS TO MORE THAN $300 BILLION WORTH OF GOODS CRISS-CROSSING BY TRAIN IN ANY GIVEN YEAR. AFTER MAJOR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DRIVER, RATHER. SO WHEN THE RAIL NETWORKS ARE CLOSED DOWN WE SEE THAT VERY QUICKLY, SOME MAJOR PRODUCTS AND ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WHO I HAVE TALKED TO THIS MORNING, ALSO TALKED TO THE TERRITORIAL GOLFS, I TALKED THE THIS MORNING. THEY SHARE THAT AND THEY ARE AWARE OF THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY. OF COURSE, THEY RESPECT THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WANT US TO MAKE SURE THAT LAWS AND REGULARS ARE RESPECTED. END EN.>>(Question): IN MANY PARTS OF COUNTRY, IN BELLVY, NOT MANY PROTESTORS LEFT. IS THIS AN OVERSTEP BY THE COMPANY SUSPECT.>>THEY HAVE TO MAKE DEREK, IT’S THEIR RAILS THAT ARE BLOCKED AND MAKE A DECISION WHETHER THEY CAN CON. CLEARLY, THERE’S A DANGER INVOLVED WITH RAILS AND A BLOCKAGE. AND PRUDENTLY, THEY HAD TO STOP THE RAILS UNTIL THE BLOCKAGES ARE REVVED.>>(Question): WHO’S TAKEN YOUR GOVERNMENT SO LONG.>>>>>THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO PUT PRESSURE TO HAVE THESE INJUNCTION IN FORCE AND YOUR HOPE IS TO MEET WITH THE PROTESTORS OR THE PEOPLE THERE, AND WITH ALL THE SITUATIONS.>>WE’RE WORKING ON SEVERAL LEVELS. I MEAN INJUNCTION ARE, THE COMPANIES ARE THE ONES WHO MAKE THE DECISIONS BY THE INS AND THOSE GO TO THE PROVINCES. LET’S BE VERY CLEAR ON THAT THAT IS A MATTER WHEN IT’S REFERRED — WHEN AN INJUNCTION IS GRANTED, A DECISION MUST BE MADE BY THE PROVINCE, THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, THEY ARE IN CONTROL OF THAT SITUATION. ALSO REMEMBER THAT THEY HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT SOME HISTORY HERE AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT IPPERWASH OR IN CALEDONIA, THEIR DECISION ABHOW TO APPROACH THAT, BUT THE INJUNCTIONS HAVE TO BE — HAVE TO BE RESPECTED BECAUSE WE ARE A COUNTRY OF THE RULE OF LAW. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR US TO ENGAGE, AT THE SAME TIME. , WITH THE FIRST NATIONS TO DEAL WITH THIS RAPIDLY AND WHAT WE’RE DOING WITH TWO FEDERAL MINISTERS ENGAGING IN TWO SEPARATE PARTS OF COUNTRY. [INAUDIBLE QUESTION BY MEDIA] — THE LEADERS OF THIS FIRST NATION COMMUNITY?>>YES.>>(Question): HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO COME TO RESOLUTIONS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND MANITOBA. WHAT’S THE HOLD-UP IN ONTARIO. DOES IT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE LEADERSHIP IN ONTARIO?>>I CAN’T SPECULATE ON THAT I HAVE NOT MET WITH THIS LEADERSHIP. BUT MR. MILLER, THE LOADER OF INDIGENOUS SERVICES HAS QUITE A BIT OF THE AND FAMILIARITY WITH THE MOHAWK NATIONS AND WILL BE MEETING WITH THEM AND DISCUSSING IT VERY SHORTLY.>>(Question): THIS HAS GONE FOREIGN OVER A WEEK. WHO’S ANOTHER TAKEN THE GOVERNMENT SO LONG TO –>>THE GOVERNMENT’S BEEN WORKING EVERY DAY SINCE THIS HAPPENED. I CAN ASSURE YOU, WE HAVE BEEN ENGAGING BOTH AT — AMONGST FEDERAL MINISTRIES, WITH THE COMPANIES THAT ARE AFFECTED. CN, VIA, CP AND WITH OUR PROVINCIAL COUNTERPARTS. SO WE HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED ON TRYING TO FIND THE BEST SOLUTION AND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. [INAUDIBLE QUESTION BY MEDIA] FRENCH APPROACH.>>(voice of translator): DO YOU THINK DO YOU THINK EURO GOVERNMENT HAS ACTED QUICKLY ENOUGH.>>WE ACTED RIGHT WAY AS SOON AS THE BLOCKADE START. THE GOAL OF THE RESOLVE THE ISSUES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. YOU HAVE TOPIC INTO CONSIDERATION THE BLOCKADES. DEALING WITH THE ROOTS AND COMING TO A SOLUTION.>>NOW THE IMPACT HAS NOT BEEN DEALT WITH.>>WELL, THERE HAVE BEEN STEPS TAKEN BY THE O.P.P. ENTREPRENEUR ONTARIO. AT THE SAME TIME, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH MINISTER MILLER WILL KICKOFF A DIALOGUE WITH THE ABORIGINAL LEADERS IN THAT AREA AND OF COURSE, THE ULTIMATE GOALTEND IS TO GET THE BARRICADES DOWN. –AL ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO GET THE BARRICADES DOWN. THOUSAND VERY MUCH, I HAVE OF THE GET TO MY MEETING NOW. [END OF TRANSLATION] I THINK THE PLANNING IN ALL OF THAT IS FOR THEM TO MEET TOMORROW BUT IT’S CERTAINLY NO TER THAN TOMORRO

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