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Montreal (Quebec), Nov 21 (Canadian-Media): The looming Canadian National (CN) Railway strike has posed a threat to Quebec's regular supply of propane as the a vast majority of it is transported by rail from Sarnia, Ontario, media reports said.
CN Railways. Credit: Twitter handle
In the wake of Quebec's emergency shortage of propane, Quebec Premier François Legault was concerned about the growing threat of heating systems of hospitals and elderly residences across the province shutting down if CN rail strike is not resolved.
Around 3,200 unionized CN workers went on strike early Tuesday with their demands for improved working conditions.
Legault said he's been in touch with Trudeau's office while other members of his government have reached out to federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau to support back-to-work legislation and added,
"The strike cannot last," Legault said statement to journalists in Quebec City.
"Ideally, we hope for an agreement between the union and CN. But we can't rule out the need for a special bill in Ottawa."
He said the province is trying to find enough trucks to transport additional propane by road and added rationing scheme was put in place and hospitals and elderly residences as well as farmers will be prioritized in the rationing scheme.
Many farmers had been hit hard by the early snow and were relying on propane to dry out harvested grain.