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Canada Govt To Introduce Bill To End CP Rail Strike

Wall Street Journal - May 28, 2012

Canadian Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said Monday her Conservative government must act immediately to end a strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) that manufacturers and exporters say is beginning to squeeze their production and employment levels.

The Canadian government will formally introduce back-to-work legislation Monday, roughly 24 hours after the union representing 4,800 engineers, conductors and rail-traffic controllers said talks on a new contract had reached an impasse. The strike, now in its sixth day, has halted freight services across Canada, although commuter-train services in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal remain in operation using CP rail lines.

A federal mediator assigned to bring the two sides closer to a deal has withdrawn.

Raitt had said last week the bill could emerge as early as Monday, given a strike at the Calgary railroad could cost the Canadian economy an estimated C$500 million (US$485.7 million) a week, according to government officials.

During debate Monday in the Canadian legislature, she said CP is a "vital" link to moving goods to and from the country's Pacific coast ports, which represent the gateway to the fast-growing emerging markets in Asia.

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- Posted: 2012-05-28 14:22:51

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