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Fertilizer Canada urges quick action to resolve Port of Montreal strike

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The Canadian fertilizer industry has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to immediately implement back-to-work legislation and work quickly to end the Port of Montreal strike and get fertilizer moving again.

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fertilizer enter Canada through the Port of Montreal during the spring seeding season destined for farms across Eastern Canada. Fertilizer Canada has said that if this strike is allowed to occur up to 1 million acres in Eastern Canada may go unfertilized this week.

“Just as this strike begins, farmers are in a critical spring seeding season,” said Karen Proud, President and CEO of Fertilizer Canada. “As Canada continues to fight COVID-19, our citizens need a food supply that they can count on. Any strike will mean that essential fertilizer products cannot reach farmers in Eastern and Atlantic Canada. This strike threatens food security at a critical juncture.”

Once the issue is resolved, Fertilizer Canada has said that the government must implement a long-term action plan to prevent future labour disputes in services that are essential to Canada’s food chain, as well as economic health and stability.

Collectively, Fertilizer Canada represents the manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulfur fertilizers.

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