On November 25, Nutrien Ltd. announced it will be forced to curtail production at its largest potash mine, Rocanville, due to the CN rail strike. Employee notices were sent out indicating the mine will be shut down for 2 weeks starting on December 2.
“It is extremely disappointing that in a year when the agricultural sector has been severely impacted by poor weather and trade disputes, the CN strike will add further hardship to the Canadian agriculture industry,” Nutrien President and CEO Chuck Magro said. “Any further disruption will be harmful to our business, the Canadian economy, and Canada’s competitive position and reputation as a reliable supplier of fertilizer and food. However, most concerning is the impact on our hundreds of employees for whom this creates great uncertainty and hardship leading up to the holiday season.”