Canadian Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said it is unlikely freight service at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) will resume Thursday due to delay tactics by opposition politicians in the upper house on a bill to end the railroad’s eight-day strike.
The Conservative government used its majority in Canada’s lower house, along with a series of parliamentary tactics that limited debate, to get a back-to-work bill approved early Wednesday. Raitt introduced the bill Monday with the hope rail service would resume Thursday.
But she acknowledged a Thursday restart now appears unlikely as Liberal Party members in the senate aren’t willing to agree to an expedited debate.
“We cannot resume service on Thursday” as long as there is a delay in the senate, she told reporters following the weekly meeting of the Conservative Party caucus. “These [Liberal] senators have determined they are not going to help us with back-to-work legislation, so it is on their conscience.” Read more here.
Date: May 30, 2012