MONTREAL – CN Rail is laying off about 450 workers at its operations in Eastern Canada after canceling more than 400 trains in the past week on a rail blockade protesting the LNG pipeline in British Columbia.

The job cuts will affect the operational staff, including employees working at Autoport in Eastern Passage, Moncton, Charny, and Montreal.

Railroad based in Montreal said the situation was “regrettable” because of the impact on the economy and employees of protest is not related to the activities of the CN and out of control.

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CN said the shutdown was “progressive and methodical” to ensure it can be restarted when the blockade ends completely.

Coastal GasLink signed agreements with 20 elected band council along the route of the pipeline, including the Wet’suwet’en First Nation council.

But some heads this Wet’suwet’en descent against the project and said the board did not have jurisdiction over the relevant land.

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