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Fertilizer Canada adds voice to those calling for end to CN Rail strike

November 25, 2019  

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Fertilizer Canada is adding its voice to those industry players calling for an immediate end to the CN strike.

“Rail service is critically important to our members and the Canadian farmers who are our customers. Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter of fertilizer products are threatened every day the work stoppage continues,” said Garth Whyte, president and CEO at Fertilizer Canada.

An estimated $200 million to $300 million worth of fertilizer shipments will be impacted should the CN Rail strike continue through to December 5, when Parliament resumes. The work stoppage is already inflicting economic harm on companies, their employees, farmers and industrial consumers of fertilizer products in Canada and around the world.

“There is no doubt that this uncertainty is directly, and negatively, impacting our customers, their farmers and the Canadian economy. We ask the government to take a more active role in engaging on both sides of the dispute to come to a common agreement to end the strike,” said Whyte.

The Canadian fertilizer industry is a major contributor to the Canadian economy and critical to success of Canada’s farmers. The industry employs over 76, 000 workers, contributing to nearly $24 billion to Canada’s economy every year.

Fertilizer Canada represents manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers.