PM Trudeau says Wet'suwet'en crisis a 'critical moment' as tensions flare in Commons over blockades cdnpoli
Tensions flared in the House of Commons Tuesday as MPs reconvened and immediately started debating the ongoing protests and rail blockades across Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced heavy criticism from opposition party leaders over the Liberal government's response to the escalating disputes, which he called a 'critical moment' for Canada.Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:44AM EST Last Updated Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:10PM EST SHARE OTTAWA -- Tensions flared in the House of Commons Tuesday as MPs reconvened and immediately started debating the ongoing protests and rail blockades across Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced heavy criticism from opposition party leaders over the Liberal government's response to the escalating disputes, which he called a "critical moment" for Canada. Keep up with the minority Parliament: Sign up for our Capital Dispatch newsletter At issue is a planned natural gas pipeline that would cross Wet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C., though protesters resisting the project have cited other frustrations with the overall progress of reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada. After the RCMP moved in to enforce an injunction at the site, protesters across the country blocked access to railway lines in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who oppose the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline project, though it has been approved by elected band councils. These blockades have stopped CN Rail from transporting across the eastern rail network, have halted most Via Rail passenger service Canada-wide, and sparked calls from the opposition for Trudeau to return to Ottawa to respond to the situation. After meeting with the cabinet operations committee, Trudeau delivered a special statement in the Chamber, stating that it's past the time to resolve these standoffs, and restated his desire to come to a quick and peaceful solution. "This is a critical moment for our country and our future," Trudeau said, adding that the government is "creating a space for peaceful, honest dialogue with willing partners." Trudeau began is speech with a land acknowledgement and made a point of saying that the relationship with Indigenous people in Canada remains the most important relationship to the Liberals. "Just like we need protesters and Indigenous leaders to be partners, we also need all Canadians to show resolve and collaboration," he said. "We cannot solve these problems on the margins. That is not the way forward. I know that people’s patience is running short. We need to find a solution. And we need to find it now." Trudeau was heckled during his remarks to the point that House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota interjected, imploring MPs to "take a deep breath." Responding to Trudeau, outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer delivered a sharp rebuke of the prime minister's remarks, calling them "the weakest response to a national crisis in Canadian history," and "word salad." Scheer has been calling on Trudeau to have the RCMP intervene to end the blockades, and has questioned the motivations of those participating in the protests. "Standing between our country and prosperity is a small group of radical activists, many of whom have little to no connection to First Nations communities. A bunch of radical activists who won't rest until our oil and gas industry is entirely shut down," Scheer said. "They might have the luxury of not having to go to work every day, they may have the luxury of not facing repercussions for skipping class, but they are blockading our ports, our railways, and our borders and our roads and highways, and they are appropriating an Indigenous agenda which they are willfully misrepresenting," Scheer continued, adding that the federal Conservatives are standing with the impacted farmers, commuters, workers facing layoffs, and "in solidarity with the elected councils of the Wet’suwet’en First Nations." Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet questioned why it took Trudeau 12 days to get involved, saying his remarks on Tuesday sounded like a "virtuous" 2015 election speech. "The solutions don't seem any more clear. The mistakes, however, are becoming more clear. It's as though in this place we had to decide between necessary respect for First Nations or the Canadian economy, as though it were irreconcilable," Blanchet said in French. "As though it were not possible to find a solution to the crisis that would put large sectors of the Canadian and Quebec economy back into play without undermining what the First Nations want to discuss. I think that's possible," he continued. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that his thoughts are with the people at the blockades "who are standing up because they are so frustrated, they're so angry, and they're right to be angry." Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May called it a "turning point for this country," and said that this is an issue of land, title, and justice more than it is a pipeline issue. The topic is expected to dominate the question period Tuesday afternoon as well. Within minutes of the day's proceedings getting underway, the Speaker granted a call from the NDP and Bloc Quebecois for an emergency debate on Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples, to take place Tuesday evening. In calling for the special late-night sitting to discuss the demonstrations, NDP House Leader Peter Julian called it a "crisis," and Rota, an Ontario Liberal MP, agreed. The emergency debate will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Across the street from Parliament Hill, Assembly of First Nations' National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday morning that time is needed for government and stakeholders to work with the Wet'suwet'en on solutions. "We say we want to de-escalate and we want dialogue," Bellegarde said. "Our people are taking action because they want to see action -- and when they see positive action by the key players, when they see a commitment to real dialogue to address this difficult situation, people will respond in a positive way." Bellegarde was accompanied by other chiefs who spoke about wanting a peaceful resolution and end of the blockades. 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He just does not have it Just step down take your money and run simple .spare you a lot of grief later Trudeau is a pushover so the world thinks it's Christmas and the Canadian taxpayers are Santa Yup a 'critical moment' to do NOTHING a usual! Dictatorship at its best ! This incident just shows how disconnected Ottawa is from the rest of canada
absolutely shows when Canada comes under attack we have No Leader, no safety here A premier's wife was held hostage by ecoterrorists today and her home rendered unsafe and trudeau says these terrorists are worthy of more dialogue? What the hell is wrong with him? Canada is not safe under Trudeau !! Fanning the flames of drama while the law is broken. That’d look disgusting on a Tshirt.
It was nice to see him show up! Critical moment was like last week! Now comes the pandering and the apology, his inaction has cost this country millions!
PM Trudeau to meet with emergency response group as rail blockades growPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will convene the Incident Response Group Monday, to address ongoing protests and rail blockades across the country, but experts say it will be a long road to progress. Action not meetings. Useless, pathetic, weak PM. Nothing will get done wth this loser apperently in charge!!! My guess is it wil, be his typical manipulation Blame 'privilege' and 'we' while finding somewhere else to redirect blame instead of his own incompetence Meanwhile the wishes of the majority of hereditary chiefs and elected band councils who support the project will be ignored
ctvqp Ummm, excuse me? 'According to PMO, Blanchet, Singh and May were invited into a meeting with Trudeau and his ministers, after a cabinet meeting early Tuesday afternoon, but Scheer was not invited.' This is a crisis for the liberals... NON confidence VOTE NOW TrudeauWorstPM Honk and drive through enough is enough time to let citizens take over as our PM is useless
These illegal blockades & protestors in vast majority are not Indigenous peoples or connected with the Wet'Suwet'en People This situation has nothing to do with land rather Radical Cultural-Appropriation Money & Blackmail ctvpp cdnpoli partypoli ToriPolitics hardly a 'critical moment' a 'critical moment' is Justin Trudeau
ctvqp And he said little more. Solutions? Non existent Bull manure. The time for conferring and discussing has been going on for too long. We need action to remove illegal blockades and blockaders Too bad NDP is standing with the blockaders. Too bad Trudeau won't act to uphol;d the rule of law. We need action.
CtV should be promoting a Canada wide national.referendum..urgently. This is for all Canadians..TODAY and yesteryear. The singular most important issue in Canada is what will wholly untie our nation.or we crumble to United nations. Our nation.Our borders.Our destiny.
Skipping Barbados trip, PM Trudeau to meet with emergency response groupPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will convene the Incident Response Group Monday, to address ongoing protests and rail blockades across the country, but experts say it will be a long road to progress. Là c’est très grave Practice his typical emotional manipulation Blame 'privilege' and 'we' while finding somewhere else to redirect blame instead of his own incompetence Meanwhile the wishes of the majority of hereditary chiefs and elected band councils who support the project will be ignored Shocking but I’m sure he will make up for his one day of work tenfold !TrudeauWorstPM
My suggestion is best..move Victoria BC legislature to inland BC. Handover Victoria BC legislature to first nations as a symbolic gesture of faith and reconciliation and allow self governance in accordance with the fundamental principles of law in Canada If BC is unceeded? The crown? Or some other authority could effectively steal BC unwittingly..maybe CHINA with purchase power ?. Russia from the North? The USA from the south. Our GOV cannot protect Canadians..they have one objective UN ALLIES.
Got a couple of epic typos here, . Whatever Justin’s strategy is, it’s all wrong. 'NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that his thoughts are with the people at the blockades.' That's nice Jagmeet. But guess what, those who do not agree with this are also Canadians with rights. This is why you will NEVER lead a government
Everyone should protest with hereditary chiefs, once bc gov can sell gas to china Vancouver/Victoria will be forced to use Hydro for heat at a cost 300% more than it cost today in order to pay for Site C boondoggle, protest now stop pipeline imo reclaim Canada? Where all historic deals Fraudulent? Has the crown 'surrendered' Do we actually own Canada?.what deals can we stand by?.the rule of law?.or a snipers rifle? Force or dialogue Do we need to re-take Canada with UN SOLDIER'S KEEPING PEACE
Trudeau is still trying to manipulate Canadians while pandering to every activist and NGO that has inserted themselves into this dispute yet have absolutely nothing to do with and no connection to the Wet'suwet'en First Nations ctvqp first its an illegal blockade. It's not a Wet'suwet'en crises. They have approved the CoastGas Pipeline. 'Little Potatoe' 'Two Faced' worstPMever is now also the 'Marshmallow Man'
Well its a good thing he cancelled his surfing trip to tell us that.
Trudeau holds emergency meeting to address rail blockadesPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will convene the Incident Response Group Monday, to address ongoing protests and rail blockades across the country, but experts say it will be a long road to progress. Did he buy donuts? ...and insists on installing 'Cow Catchers' on the front of trains. The 'emergency meeting' was under 90 minutes and now over....
Trudeau says rail blockades need to be resolved but offers no clear plan'People are upset and frustrated. I get it,' Trudeau said about the rail blockades that have interrupted VIA Rail service. I don’t think he does Oh well, Let’s go watch a hockey game and chat about the Americans. Fratboy
Trudeau tight-lipped on plan to end rail blockades ‘quickly and peacefully’The protests began nearly two weeks ago after the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation intensified their opposition to the construction of a $6.6-billion natural gas pipeline across B.C. Crickets TrudeauMustGo noconfidencevote The man is a total disaster for Canadian interests,he needs to step down I’m tight-lipped on my plan to become a billionaire “quickly and peacefully”. Ps, we both have the same plan and we both have zero clue what that is.
'Nearing a crisis situation': Rail blockades creating backlogs for farmersThe organization representing Alberta wheat and barley producers says the rail blockades are impacting farmers' incomes and Canada's reputation as a supplier. This is getting absurd! Look I'm all for first nation sovereignty, and I have sympathy for everything they have had to endure. But to hold a whole country hostage is crossing a major line, time for RCMP to go in and remove them by whatever force is necessary to do so. Trudeau will solve this.... just wait. Lol Justin should recall the constitutional conference (s35 1982) where his dad failed 2 reach an agreement on the meaning of Aboriginal & Treaty Rights. Justin should gather all the historic treaty parties w the primary goal of renouncing COLONIAL UNILATERALISM once & for all!🤔