What with the Canada-wide rail blockades and the global coronavirus scare, it seems as though we’ve been held hostage in our own country.
The Wet’suwet’en-orchestrated blockades have crippled the Canadian economy and have had a profound impact on travel. Goods such as propane and even food to a large degree are dependent upon the railroad network to get from Point A to Point B. With the illegal shutdown of this vital network, there is little to no movement. Consequently, shortages of key products are being realized, creating a strain upon those who depend on these goods.
Via Rail layoffs have accounted for about one-third of its workforce because of the blockades, putting a further strain on the economy.
Travellers who don’t like to fly find the train a cheaper alternative when journeying significant distances within Canada and prefer the peace of mind of knowing they are always on the ground. They don’t want to resort to driving their own vehicles long distances, but are left with either this option or simply staying put while waiting out an end to the rail blockades.