The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation on Monday that would end a rail strike at Canadian Pacific Railway.
Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said the government would introduce the Restoring Rail Services Act when the House of Commons returns from a one-week break May 28. CP rail service in Canada has been suspended since Wednesday, after the railroad and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference failed to agree to a contract before the midnight Tuesday deadline.
“We are concerned that the work stoppage at Canadian Pacific Railway will have a negative impact on the Canadian economy and put the jobs of thousands of other Canadians at risk if it is prolonged,” said Raitt. “That is why our government has put a bill on notice to ensure that we are ready to act to protect Canada's economy.”
Raitt reiterated her hope that railroad management and the union, which represents 4,800 engineers, conductors and rail traffic controllers, would come to an agreement without further government intervention.