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Rail Protests Continue to Affect Canada's Economy

Meanwhile, business groups including the President of Maple Leaf Foods, are calling on the government to take firm action and restore Canada's rail service. Curtis Frank says Maple Leaf is dependent on timely transport of its perishable products.
"The $1 billion of Maple Leafs annual revenue is subject to the timely movement of perishable product through Canada's rail network in some way. You may be wondering how many people rely on these goods. The answer is thousands. Thousands of jobs and over a billion in sales and the taxes we pay to our government are impacted by this rail disruption,"
Frank says Maple Leaf has tried to use alternatives such as trucking but many routes are already overwhelmed and costs are escalating.
He says the spot market for trucking between Winnipeg and Vancouver, for example, has nearly doubled since the blockade started.
Agriculture is also being impacted by the blockades. Mary Robinson, the president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture says backed up rail lines will have huge financial consequences as farmers don't get paid until products get to market.
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