Statement from Karen Proud, President and CEO, Fertilizer Canada
Today is a pivotal day for the negotiations between the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and Unifor to come to a resolution and end the St. Lawrence Seaway strike. This vital trade channel has been shut down for six days and it must be reopened as soon as possible. If a resolution is not reached by the end of day today, we are calling on the federal government to use all available tools under the Canada Labour Code to find a swift resolution and end the strike. Any delays will further impact shipments of fertilizer into Eastern Canada that is needed for spring application and exports of potash needed by farmers around the world. Each day the seaway is shut down further jeopardizes our reputation on the world stage as a reliable trading partner. It is crucial farmers at home and around the world have reliable access to fertilizer to grow healthy, nutritious crops and protect food security.