TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)-Trudeau was scheduled to visit Barbados on Monday and Tuesday as part of Canada’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.
The premier “will no longer attend the CARICOM Intersessional Heads of Government Meeting this week,” his office said in a statement. Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will go in his place.
The protesters support certain leaders of the indigenous Wet’suwet’en First Nations people, who are fighting to prevent the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which would pass through their traditional lands in the western part of the country.
The controversial pipeline is part of a Can$40 billion natural gas export project that also includes a new Pacific coast terminal.
In a show of anger, the demonstrators have, for more than a week, blocked roads, rails and ports across the country, forcing the Canadian National Railway Co — the country’s largest railroad — to stop operating in the east.
The railroad — the third largest in North America — moves an estimated Can$250 billion (US$190 billion) worth of goods across Canada each year.
The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en community have launched a legal challenge over the climate impact of fossil fuel projects on indigenous territories, saying “Canada has a constitutional duty to keep the country’s greenhouse gas emissions within the Paris Agreement limit.