June 15, 2011 / 4:08 PM / 6 years ago

Minister says Air Canada bill could take a week

OTTAWA (Reuters) - It could take seven or eight days to pass legislation forcing striking Air Canada employees back to work, Canadian Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday.

“We wouldn’t anticipate having anything passed before the weekend. At the very least it’s about seven or eight days in total,” Raitt told reporters, referring to how long such legislation has taken historically. She gave notice on Tuesday night of a back-to-work bill and appeared unaware of a government motion that would enable the bill to be passed in one day.

Raitt also suggested she was considering back-to-work legislation for Canada Post, saying she was considering all options to end the lockout there.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson

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