Harper government poised to introduce legislation to end CP Rail strike

By on February 16, 2015


Canadian Pacific Railway (Wikipedia)
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OTTAWA — The federal government is poised to get the Canadian Pacific Railway back on track.

A government source tells The Canadian Press that legislation will be tabled today to end the strike by 3,300 locomotive engineers and other CP train workers.

A notice to allow the bill to be introduced was placed on the Commons order paper late Friday afternoon.

The Harper government has never been shy about using a legislative hammer to stop or prevent strikes that it feels could pose a threat to the economy.

The rail workers, represented by the Teamsters, walked off the job Sunday morning after contract talks failed to produce an agreement.

Teamsters President Douglas Finnson says the government’s intervention is disappointing and premature, but CP Rail supports the move.

No new contract talks are scheduled.