Trudeau calls blockades an 'unacceptable situation' ahead of cabinet meeting

Posted In: News Date:Feb 20th, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are huddled in Ottawa this morning to chart a path forward as the Indigenous-led rail blockades hit the two-week mark Thursday.

"We're working very hard to end the blockades. It's an unacceptable situation," said the prime minister ahead of a meeting with his cabinet on Thursday.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett sent a letter Wednesday offering to meet with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in Smithers, B.C., as early as today but that meeting is not expected to occur Thursday.

This is the second offer by Bennett to meet in person with chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink project that has gone unanswered. A spokesperson for Bennett said the minister is willing to meet with the chiefs at any time and at any place.