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Bill to put CP rail back to work fast-tracked through Commons

Published by Stephanie Brooks on May 30, 2012

In the interest of safeguarding the Canadian economy, the Conservatives passed back-to-work legislation early this morning to end the week-long strike by CP Rail workers.

In a vote of 157-139, Bill C-39 passed third reading in the House of Commons by the majority government.

Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said the government could not wait any longer, as the economy is at stake and people’s livelihoods are at risk.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) urged the government to take proactive measures to resume CP rail service as it is critical to Canada’s manufacturing industry. Members indicated the strike had a significant impact on supply chains, production and – of course – transportation.

The bill will now move to the Senate for Royal Assent.

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