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For Immediate Release

November 19, 2019

Media Statement on CN Rail Strike

VANCOUVER, BC – Michael Goehring, President & CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia made the following statement today on the strike by the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference, which represents approximately 3,200 CN employees across Canada:

“The Mining Association of BC is closely following the work stoppage on behalf of our members, who rely on Canada’s rail network to move our products to global markets. Depending on the duration of the job action, the reduction in rail capacity in BC will have a significant and adverse impact on our members’ operations, their employees, and their customers.

BC’s mining sector generates more than $12 billion in economic activity and supports approximately 33,000 jobs in every corner of our province. Impeding the ability of our companies, in full or in part, to move their products to port will likely have far reaching impacts on BC’s economy and communities.”


About the Mining Association of British Columbia:

MABC is the voice of mining in British Columbia, representing operating steelmaking coal, metal and industrial mineral producers, as well as smelting operations and advanced development companies in the province. Our mandate is to encourage the safe, responsible development and operation of mining and related facilities across British Columbia. In 2018, the mining industry generated more than $12 billion in economic activity and supported over 33,000 direct and indirect jobs. The sector contributed almost $1 billion in direct payments to the provincial government last year, supporting the social programs and infrastructure that British Columbians rely on.

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Cailey Murphy
Mining Association of BC