Protesters who are blocking railway lines forced CN Rail to shut down its train network in eastern Canada on Thursday, the railroad said.
Sectors from retail to oil and gas are calling on governments to resolve a dispute with anti-pipeline protesters as a rail blockade enters its ninth day, extending railway shutdowns and threatening shortages of groceries, propane, drinking water and other goods.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected calls to send police to end blockades of Canada's largest rail system, despite disruptions to commerce.
It says while the blockades have been dismantled in Manitoba and may be ending imminently in B.C., the court order in Ontario has yet to be enforced and continues to be ignored.
Trudeau says "we are not the kind of country where politicians get to tell the police what to do in operational matters".
February 12 - The Manitoba government says it may seek a court injunction to end a blockade on a rail line west of Winnipeg, but CN obtains its own court order.
The protests have caused problems across the country, as everything from propane to chlorine to food supplies have been impacted.
CN Rail said it had tried to adjust its operations to serve customers but it was left with no choice but to stop eastern Canadian operations.
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is also setting up a meeting with Indigenous leaders in an effort to halt a blockade near Belleville, Ont., which he called a "highly volatile situation".
Protests erupted across the country after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) moved into the Wet'suwet'en territory in northern British Columbia earlier this week to arrest pipeline protesters, who argue the Coastal GasLink pipeline does not have consent from the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to build in their territory.
Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan was taking an "entirely passive approach in the face of implacable protesters who are intent on shutting down constituency services, shutting down the universities, shutting down our transportation arteries".
"We also are a country that is a proud democracy that believes in the rule of law".
Coastal GasLink has signed agreements with all 20 elected band councils along the pipeline route, but the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say band councils only have authority over reserve land.
"These activists may have the luxury of staying days at a time at the blockades but they need to check their privilege", he said.
Garneau said he would be meeting with his provincial counterparts and Indigenous groups on Friday to discuss a way forward.
"It seems like they are going to be there a while", he said.
Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Mary Robinson says the backed-up rail lines are hampering producers' ability to export commodities, warning of "huge financial consequences" as farmers do not get paid until products get to market.
"Freight just isn't coming in", Thompson said.