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Scheer says pipeline protests ‘illegal,’ tells Trudeau to order RCMP enforcement – National Post

MUNICH — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no plans to order the RCMP to end the blockades of vital rail links across the country.

“We are not the kind of country where politicians get to tell the police what to do in operational matters,” Trudeau said Friday in Munich, where he was attending a global security conference.

That message stood in contrast to one from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who earlier Friday called on Trudeau to order Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to use his authority under the RCMP Act to end what he called the “illegal blockades” by Indigenous Peoples at the centre of a dispute over a British Columbia pipeline project.

He said they are harming the Canadian economy and disrupting the livelihoods of farmers and small-business owners.

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