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(OTTAWA) – February 19, 2020 – The Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing rail blockades:

“Yesterday, the Canadian Chamber joined 33 other business associations in sending an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging the government to take immediate action to get the Canadian economy moving again

By midday today, the number of signatories increased by 11 to reach 44 business associations from across the country, and from across all sectors, as businesses everywhere increasingly feel the impacts of these blockades. Together, the members of these associations employ millions of Canadians, who are also beginning to be impacted.

The damage done to the Canadian economy, to businesses and to ordinary Canadians continues to grow. Every hour that the shutdowns continue, more people are being hurt. We must act quickly and decisively, and we need real leadership from the federal government, working with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous leaders and law enforcement agencies, to achieve an immediate end to the blockades.”

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Because Business Matters


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.

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Media contacts:

Alita Fabiano
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
613-238-400 (2255)
afabiano@chamber.ca