PM scraps trip to Barbados to deal with pipeline protests at home

A rail blockade has impacted VIA Rail nationwide and halted CN trains in eastern Canada

Justin Trudeau has stopped Canada’s sales pitch for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, at least for the time being.

The Prime Minister was supposed to jet to Barbados today to meet with Caribbean leaders.

Trudeau is staying home following criticism over his government’s handling of a number of anti-pipeline protests including a rail blockade near Belleville that has shut down most of VIA Rail’s service nationwide and CN freight trains in Eastern Canada.

The decision to remain in Ottawa was tweeted last night.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francoise-Philippe Champagne will head to Barbados in Trudeau’s place.

The PM spent last week in Africa trying to drum up support for Canada’s bid to sit at the UN Security Council and he spent the weekend at a security conference in Germany.

Trudeau has urged dialogue with Indigenous groups opposed to the construction of a pipeline on First Nations territory in northern B.C.

Industry group say the rail blockade is causing major damage to the economy.