OTTAWA, Ontario February 18, 2020 (CMC) – Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, cancelled a trip to Barbados, where he was due to meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, as Indigenous demonstrators and their supporters continue to halt train service, across parts of the country.
Trudeau was due to meet with the regional leaders on the first day of their two-day Inter-Sessional summit that began in Bridgetown, today. He was due to lobby the regional leaders for Canada’s support for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Canada, Norway and Ireland are the three countries vying for two seats, available to Western European countries and Canada. The winner will occupy the seat for two years.
Trudeau will now be represented at the CARICOM meeting by Foreign Affairs Minister, François-Philippe Champagne, instead.
“Following the government’s ongoing efforts to address infrastructure disruptions across the country, the prime minister will convene the Incident Response Group, tomorrow, to discuss steps forward,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
“Our priority remains the safety and security of all Canadians and the swift resolution of this issue, to restore service across the rail system, in accordance with the law,” the statement noted, adding “we will remain in close contact with other orders of government and partners”.
Trudeau returned to Canada, late Friday, after spending a week in Ethiopia, Kuwait, Senegal and Germany, and spent the weekend in private meetings.
An official of the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat confirmed that Trudeau would no longer be visiting the region, at this time.