Mr. Speaker, the Tyendinaga blockade occurs in my riding of Hastings—Lennox and Addington, and I want to give the member across the aisle a sense of how the people in my riding are feeling.
People are upset and angry and want to know why the law does not apply to everyone. If anyone else blocked the railway, they would be arrested, and yet here we stand, 13 days later, and nothing has happened. There is no plan from the government. Massive layoffs are starting and will continue.
Those who want to protest may do so and those who want to petition the courts may do so, but the law must be upheld. If it is not, what will stop this from happening again and again? The law must be consistent, predictable and evenly applied. We are looking at propane shortages out east, supplies for hospitals are at risk and thousands of workers will be laid off. These protests must end.
At the end of the day, the government answers to the decisions of the police. It is day 13, and the police are not enforcing the injunction. What do I say to my constituents who feel the rule of law is selective and not being enforced? When will the police enforce this law?