Five reasons why Canada’s ‘shutdown’ is a big deal

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At the forefront is a conflict first sparked over indigenous opposition to a natural gas pipeline project, that has now evolved to include broader complex issues like indigenous governance and indigenous rights. It has led to rail blockades and protests that have crippled rail lines and disrupted the flow of the country’s economy. Those events have underscored a pressure point for Mr Trudeau – he has struggled to deliver on his promise to chart a path for Canada that balances oil and gas development, environmental stewardship and indigenous reconciliation. Here are five reasons why the current unrest is a big deal.