Alberta's Ag & Forestry Minister Says CN Rail Strike Adds More Troubles To Difficult Harvest.

Alberta's Agriculture & Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen says the CN rail strike follows a difficult harvest for producers. About 32-hundred Canadian National Railway employees set up pickets on Tuesday, November 19th. Dreeshen adds, the Alberta government is asking for Parliament to address this strike. He says the Prime Minister needs to recall the House before December 5th.

The Alberta government is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately recall Parliament to deal with the CN Rail strike.

About 32-hundred conductors, trainpersons and yard workers set up pickets at midnight on Tuesday, November 19th.

Energy Minister Sonya Savage says any disruption in oil shipments would have serious consequences for the provincial economy.

Agriculture & Forestry Minister and Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Devin Dreeshen says the strike will add more troubles to what has been a difficult harvest.

Dreehsen says the Alberta government will be working with the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC).

 

Both Ministers are asking Ottawa to bring an end to the labour disruption.

Meanwhile, the Western Grain Elevator Association is also concerned about the impact of the C-N Rail Strike on the flow of grain to port in a tough harvest year.

C-N services about half the grain terminals in the West and the association says it fears the strike could lead to lost sales and contract penalties for terminal operators and grain producers.

The federal labour minister is urging the rail company and the Teamsters to continue negotiating.

 

(Contains content from the Canadian Press)

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