Federal government encourages CP, union to negotiate

Spokesperson refuses to reveal plan in case of strike
By Reuters
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 02/11/2015

OTTAWA (Reuters) — The Canadian government declined to speculate on what action it might take if workers at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd strike this weekend.

Ottawa has in the past regulated striking employees back to work in industries it considers to be key. A spokesman for Labour Minister Kellie Leitch said the government remained hopeful a deal could be reached but said it would be inapproriate to talk about next steps.

"Our government has always said that protecting the Canadian economy is a top priority. Therefore, we strongly encourage both sides to work together and reach an agreement that will ensure the continuation of rail services," he said in an e-mail.

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