Canadian Federation of Agriculture to Hold Press Conference Detailing Devastating Impact of Rail Strike

November 25, Ottawa – Leaders from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), representing Canadian farmers from across Canada, will be hosting a press conference detailing the devastating impacts the CN rail strike is having on Canadian farmers. The current strike is representative of a true crisis for Canadian farmers across the country.

Canada’s agricultural sector relies heavily on the transportation of our crop inputs (e.g. fertilizer), energy supplies (e.g., propane) and commodities (e.g. grains and meats) by rail. Any disruption to this essential service can lead to loss of markets and crops and could have a negative impact on animal welfare. All or any of these issues will have a significant and negative effect on our farm families and on those employed throughout our supply chain.

The press conference will feature farm leaders from Western Canada, the Maritimes, Québec and Ontario, who will detail the impacts the strike is having on their respective regions.

The press conference will be interpreted and available in both English and French.

WHAT:  Press conference detailing the devastating impacts the CN rail strike is creating for Canadian farmers across the country.

WHO: CFA Leaders include:

– Mary Robinson, President of CFA, PEI
– Keith Currie, President of the OFA, Ontario
– Chris van den Heuvel, 2nd Vice-President of the CFA, Nova Scotia
– Todd Lewis, President of APAS, Saskatchewan
– Marcel Groleau, President of the UPA, Québec

Leaders from across the agri-food value chain will also be present, as this strike has wide-ranging consequences across the entire sector.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 27th, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St, Ottawa

WHY: To highlight the devastating impact the CN rail strike is having on Canadian farmers across Canada.

In-person interviews:

– In-person interviews will be available with the CFA Executive and Directors for one hour following the press conference.

Telephone Interviews:– Post-event telephone interviews will be scheduled November 27th throughout the day. To schedule a telephone interview, please contact Matt Houston at 613-229-6942 or at

Laurie Karson, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Phone: 613-868-6369 (mobile)

For telephone interviews:
Matt Houston, Communications Officer
Phone: 613-229-6942