Matt Gurney: It’s past time to end the blockades, Canada cannot function without its rails

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He stressed that this is actually a good time of year for these kinds of disruptions. Right now much of the actual food supply is coming from warmer climates, so the problem is distribution, not production. “December, around Christmas, and during the summer, that’s when sales are high,” he explained. “February is slower. Diesel is cheap, the Canadian dollar is stable — this is letting us absorb some of the impact. But food prices could still spike 30-50 per cent. This is a food security issue for low-income families.” Asked how long the CN disruption could last before it became a food security issue for all of us, with shortages causing an actual emergency, he sighed. “I don’t think we’re there yet,” he said.