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Ginger Lawrence | 15 February, 2020, 05:56

February 14 - A rail blockade that halted train traffic to and from the Port of Prince Rupert is lifted as First Nations leaders agree to meet with federal and provincial politicians.

VIA announced the closure Thursday as blockades continue to spread to tracks across the country.

Across Canada, escalating protests over a natural-gas pipeline project in British Columbia have caused havoc for CN Rail, on whose lines Via Rail runs in Southwestern Ontario, and CP Rail, the two national rail carriers.

The company said that also meant stopping all transcontinental trains across its Canadian network.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest are among the most cherished of rights, but added he is "deeply concerned" about the disruption of rail services.

Protesters have threatened to block government buildings in Victoria on Friday, but late Thursday a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted an injunction against further blockades at the legislature. Do I stay over?' And then they said, 'Even if you stay over the next day there's no guarantee, this could go on to next week, ' " she said.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has criticized the blockades and has said his government will seek injunctions against any more that might be erected in the province.

The hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en agree to seven days of meetings with the province. Protests against the northern BC pipeline project, which crosses traditional Wet-suwet'en territory, have blocked rail service on Exo's Candiac line for five days.

Many Conservative Party politicians have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act against the illegal protests including leadership candidate Erin O'Toole who said on Twitter, "Enough is enough".

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He is to meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts as well as representatives of national Indigenous organizations to discuss a way forward. They don't get paid unless that grain gets loaded onto the trains.

CN has warned the blockades could lead to layoffs.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Chief Donald Maracle said he expects the meeting will proceed but he can't comment on Miller's request to end the blockade because it wasn't initiated by his council.

"Some companies are now in a position that they can't guarantee delivery dates to customers - a massive business risk and a dark cloud over Canada's reputation as a reliable trading partner", said Derek Nighbor, president and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada.

Trudeau said his government was completely seized with the issue, but said it was up to police on the ground to decide how to enforce the law.

Miller offered to meet them at a location of their choosing.

"This is becoming a very serious threat to the entire Canadian economy", Kenney said.

Pallister also said he will ask fellow premiers for a conference call to reiterate a demand that the federal government simplify the approval process for resource projects.