CN Rail says it is being forced to shut down service in Eastern Canada due to ongoing pipeline protests, and temporary layoffs could be on the way.
The company’s CEO JJ Ruest said the move will also halt all intercity Via Rail service “across our Canadian network.”
“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 protestors,” Ruest said in a statement issued Thursday.
CN Rail added that it will be “stopping and safely securing all trans-continental trains across its Canadian network and may imminently lead to temporary layoffs within the company’s Eastern Canadian operational staff.”
This is a breaking news update. More details to come.