Scheer's Anti-Blockades Speech Amounted To 'Racism,' NDP Says - 2020-02-18
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was denounced by other party leaders Tuesday for giving a speech that, according to the NDP, amounted to "absolute racism" in response to the government's handling of the continued Wet'suwet'en crisis.
For 12 days, the federal government has struggled to deal with mounting protests in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink project crossing their traditional territory. The pipeline is located entirely in British Columbia and all the elected band councils on the pipeline route support the project.
Demonstrations have occurred across the country, including near Belleville, Ont., where the Tyendinaga Mohawks set up camp near the rail line, forcing CN to cut freight train traffic to Eastern Canada and Via Rail to suspend service. The disruption has affected tens of thousands of passengers and there are mounting concerns over potential shortages of propane, medical supplies, and food to eastern provinces as cargo remains stuck on ships waiting to anchor in the port of Vancouver.