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CN Rail to send emergency propane shipments from Alberta to Quebec

CN will ship a special 124-car train of propane from Alberta to Quebec.

The Western Standard is reporting that a confidential CN source told them the propane will be shipped from Alberta to distribution hubs across Eastern Canada.

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Teamsters Union went on strike Tuesday, ending shipments of propane across Canada.

Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline issued a statement late Sunday saying they are shipping propane from Redwater to Quebec.

“Delivery of energy is vital to people’s everyday lives and that’s why we’re in this business. Working together across provincial boundaries and helping a province and people in need is how we do business at Pembina and in Alberta,” said Jaret Sprott, Senior Vice President & COO, Facilities.

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CN Rail’s effort to get propane to Quebec, however, may be thwarted by the striking Teamsters.

The Western Standard reported that their source said, “The folks who are on strike (conductors) are the ones who would be physically coupling and uncoupling the cars, lining switches, and setting hand brakes. The engineers who actually operate the locomotive are in a different union and not on strike.”

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A strike of 3,200 workers at Canadian National Railway (CN) has left Quebec with less than five days of propane, said Premier Francois Legault, who said Nov. 20 this would cause an “emergency” at hospitals, nursing homes, and farms.

Updated Nov. 25 8 a.m.

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