September 19, 2011 / 7:19 PM / 6 years ago

Air Canada back-to-work legislation likely

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Labour Minister Lisa Raitt indicated she would introduce back-to-work legislation in the event of a strike at Air Canada, saying on Monday she would act to protect the economy.

Raitt told the House of Commons the government was very concerned that a walkout at Canada’s largest airline would disrupt the economic recovery.

“If there is a work stoppage, ... we will act to protect Canada’s economy,” said Raitt, who had introduced back-to-work legislation in June to head off another strike at the airline.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson

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