Quebec is learning what it’s like being Alberta as protestors stop trains

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on February 14, 2020

In what has become the absolute perfect political storm in Canada, due to one LNG pipeline project out in Northern British Columbia, Quebec may finally learn what it is like to be Alberta.

Alberta is typically the only province to bear the real brunt of the radical environmentalists who attack its economy through protest and legal barriers from the federal government.

The Wet’suwet’en Society representatives our protesting the approval of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline protests spread all around the country and may be one of the best political gifts ever given to Alberta.

Currently, both Via Rail and CN Rail have shut down a majority of their rail services, with only CN rail still operating in western Canada, all due to pipeline protesters squatting on the train tracks. 

The president and CEO of CN Rail made a statement saying, “With over 400 trains cancelled during the last week and new protests that emerged at strategic locations on our mainline, we have decided that a progressive shutdown of our Eastern Canadian operations is the responsible approach to take for the safety of our employees and the protesters.”

Currently, Quebecois are trying to find alternative forms of transportation to bring goods and resources into the province with no adequate replacement found yet. 

In western Canada, most protesters who block vital services and cause illegal activity are being cracked down on a bit better than in the east as westerners know the drill at this point.

Being unacquainted with the sheer childishness of pipeline protesters, Quebec officials are trying to find a “peaceful solution” to get the supposed Wet’suwet’en protesters off the train tracks. 

Quebec’s Premier François Legault told the press that, “We are going to try to do everything in the next few days to resolve the problem without any muscular intervention,” an incredibly poor move in the face of protestors whose goal it is to prolong the delay of vital services to try and get pipeline projects killed.

Their Transport Minister François Bonnardel disagrees with the current government’s tactics as he spoke out on social media, saying, “I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing blockades and the impact on CN and Via Rail service,” overtly wanting action taken on the squatters.

Something will have to be done quickly as business leaders in the province have all started signalling their worry over the economic disruptions caused by the blockading of railways, and likely also the stoppage of traffic in urban and rural areas as well.

What must be stressed as well is that the blockades aren’t just a monetary loss for Quebec and eastern Canada at large, but it is becoming extremely dangerous. 

Just this morning, it was reported that because of the railway blockade, major cities in the east might run out of chlorine needed for water treatment. If the blockade isn’t broken up quickly, people in the east may have their health come under threat. 

With both the Quebec provincial government and the Liberal federal government not taking immediate action to break up the illegal activity, they have become complicit in the actions of the protestors. Any damage to public health, the economy, and public services are also attributable to the lame duck government. 

The silver lining here is that the disconnect and ill will between Alberta and Quebec might get better as a result of these ongoing protests and government enabling of the illegal activity.

The geographic and cultural divide has been bridged, Albertans, westerners at large, and Quebecers can come together out of mutual disdain for radical environmentalists and politicians who undermine provincial economies to satisfy the childlessness of criminal protestors.

The odds are good after this fiasco ends if it ever does end that Quebec may see the merits in having pipelines bring Alberta oil to their province, at least the protestors can’t stop resources transported that way.

The fake Wet’suwet’en’s most significant achievement may just be having Quebec and Alberta become closer allies in the fight against government meddling and environmentalist outrage culture.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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