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Via Rail just announced they're laying off almost 1,000 workers

Canadian train operator Via Rail has just announced that they will be laying off close to 1,000 employees as a result of the Wet'suwet'en railway blockades.

Last week, the company was forced to cancel trains between Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal and several other Canadian cities.

Now, Via Rail is temporarily firing hundreds of employees that the company can no longer afford to pay.

The company said that it is with "regret" that they must issue temporary work suspensions.

President and Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Garneau called the situation "unprecedented."

She said, "In 42 years of existence, it is the first time that VIA Rail, a public intercity passenger rail service, has to interrupt most of its services across the country. At this point, we believe we have made the fairest and most reasonable decision with the proposed temporary suspension plan."

Canadians are understandably upset by the news.

Many people are urgently calling for Justin Trudeau to take action on the railway blockades.

While others are merely shaking their heads and wishing the Prime Minister good luck on the PR nightmare.

Via Rail says that it "hopes for a decisive resolution between the various parties" involved in the railway blockade.

Lead photo by

Darryl Franklin

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