The Municipalities of Saskatchewan say protests blocking CN Rail lines around the country are having a negative effect on Saskatchewan’s economy.
“I’m expecting even today it’s starting to effect communities. And every day that it goes by it will be that much worse,” Municipalities of Saskatchewan President Gordon Barnhart said.
Barnhart says many communities depend on getting their product to market, and are already suffering from the economic downturns in oil, coal, and potash. He said importing is also very important and is hindered by the protests as well, and many spring infrastructure projects also rely on importing materials.
The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) say there is a backlog happening in Melville. Trains stuck in the east that are meant to come west mean product on the Prairies has to wait in line. Most of the trains stuck waiting are full of grain, so they can’t be turned off.
“Traffic is backed up all the…