CN strike means Quebec has less than five days of propane left: Premier

MONTREAL – 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 this would cause an “emergency” at hospitals, nursing homes and farms.

A strike of 3,200 workers at Canadian National Railway has left Quebec with less than five days of propane. Click To Tweet

Legault said the province is rationing propane, decreasing it to less than half the typical six million litres per day. Quebec has about 12 million litres in reserve.

We started to make choices. That means we have enough for our days, four-and-a-half-days.”

Quebec Premier Francois Legault

“We started to make choices,” said Legault Thursday. “That means we have enough for our days, four-and-a-half-days.”

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In Alberta, earlier this week Minister of Energy Sonya Savage and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen called on Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately recall Parliament to urgently address the CN Rail strike.

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Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy said CN Rail regularly ships in excess of 170,000 barrels of Western Canadian oil per day.

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“Any disruption in shipments would have serious consequences for an economy that is already dealing with severe bottlenecks due to cancelled and delayed pipelines. Alberta cannot see further restrictions on our ability to export our product.

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“Parliament is scheduled to return on Dec. 5. Unfortunately, even this short wait could result in serious damage not just to the Alberta economy, but to the Canadian economy as a whole." – Sonya Savage Click To Tweet

“Parliament is scheduled to return on Dec. 5. Unfortunately, even this short wait could result in serious damage not just to the Alberta economy, but to the Canadian economy as a whole. We call on the Prime Minister to immediately call back Parliament to enact emergency back-to-work legislation for CN Rail.”

We call on the Prime Minister to immediately call back Parliament to enact emergency back-to-work legislation for CN Rail.”

Sonya Savage, Alberta Minister of Energy

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Dreeshen said Alberta farmers depend on rail to get their products to market.

“We have seen the severe consequences of rail backlogs before. Farmers don’t need the added pain from compounding rail delays, especially after this difficult harvest. Now is the time to act.”

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The railway workers have been without a contract since July. Their union says their issues include long hours, fatigue and dangerous working conditions.

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