CP Rail strike won't end until Friday at earliest
By Randall Palmer and Nicole Mordant
OTTAWA/VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, Canada's second biggest railway, won't end until Friday at the earliest after the Liberal opposition in Parliament said it would follow rules that would delay passage of back-to-work legislation.
The House of Commons passed the Conservative government's bill in the early hours of Wednesday, as the nationwide work stoppage by members of the Teamsters union idled CP freight shipments for an eighth day.
Labour Minister Lisa Raitt had said she hoped train service would resume on Thursday, but that target became unreachable with the Liberals preventing the Senate from taking up the bill immediately.
Raitt said service could not resume on Thursday unless the Liberals change their minds.
"The clock is ticking, and it's on their conscience, these senators who have determined that they're not going to help us with back-to-work legislation," she told reporters.
She said she had no idea when trains could start rolling again but said it was possible on Friday if the Senate passed the bill at all stages on Thursday.
Raitt later asked both sides to go back to work before the legislation received final approval.
"It's always in the hands of the parties to return to work so ... I'm asking CP Rail and the Teamsters to voluntarily return to work on Friday knowing they have to get their operations up and running," she told reporters. Continued...