Canadian Pacific Railway grain train

Canadian independent grocers are calling for protesters to end the rail blockage and are requesting that the First Ministers convene a conference with representatives of the First Nations and the Hereditary Chiefs to avoid food shortages.

Gary Sands, senior vice president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG), says this kind of process is critical so that “we deal not only with the issue confronting us today, but that we find long-term solutions to avoid similar disruptions in the future.”

CFIG warns that the continued rail blockade, if not soon ended, will result in food shortages. “Some of our retail members have already reported shortages, and others, including our manufacturing partners in the food industry, who in some areas, depend on rail for a high percentage of their supply, are expecting shortages very soon,” says Sands.

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