In the absence of illegal blockades on CN’s network over the last 24 hours, and while we are keeping a close watch for any further disruptions, we have started calling back many of the temporarily laid off employees based in Eastern Canada. After 21 days, there is a significant backlog of trains parked on our tracks and in our yards that will be processed as a part of our focused and methodical recovery plan.
In Western Canada, we have been well on our way to recovering over the last two weeks. While we are aware that there is still work ahead of us, export grain, imported containerized goods, coal, potash, energy products, forest products and many other commodities are moving to market. Supplies of empty rail cars are also returning to a more balanced level.
The complete network recovery process will take several weeks. The entire CN team is fully committed to returning to the level of reliable service to which you are accustomed as quickly as possible.
CN wholeheartedly thanks our customers, partners, all the various law enforcements agencies involved including the CN Police Services, and stakeholders for their patience, support, and understanding during this unprecedented ordeal. I wish to recognize the very helpful support of the Provincial Premiers and their respective governments and the involvement of the Federal Government.