Harper Government Passes Bill C39 – CP Back to Work Legislation
May 30, 2012
Barrie, Ontario – Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie announced that the Government of Canada took steps to end the work stoppage at CP Rail by setting in motion a series of overnight votes in the House of Commons that saw Bill C39 passed. It now heads to the Senate for approval, and then will need royal assent.
“Through this action our Government has taken positive steps forward to ensure Canadian businesses, who count on this service, will continue to prosper” said MP Brown. “Workers, their families and the Canadian economy need protection in this fragile economic climate and therefore this legislation is necessary.”
The ongoing work stoppage at CP Rail has affected the local economy by forcing Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) to cancel one of its production shifts on Saturday, May 26. This is due to the ongoing buildup of vehicles at the Alliston Honda plant, which would typically be shipped to other parts of Canada and the United States via CP rail lines.
The Harper Government’s top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. It was estimated that the work stoppage at CP Rail is costing the Canadian economy over $540 million each week.
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