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The CPQ asks for prompt resolution of the Canadian National (CN) labour dispute

November 22, 2019

The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P.
Member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount
Minister of Transport
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
[email protected]

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, P.C., M.P.
Member for Hamilton-West–Ancaster–Dundas
Minister of Labour
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
[email protected]

RE: The CPQ asks for prompt resolution of the Canadian National (CN) labour dispute

Dear Ministers,

I write to you on behalf of the members of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ) to convey our concerns regarding the considerable difficulties falling on businesses across all sectors of the economy as a result of the Canadian National (CN) labour dispute.

Rail transportation is a strategic and pivotal development engine for a country the size of Canada. The economic impacts of this dispute cannot be overlooked, even in the short term.

In seeking prompt resolution of this conflict, the CPQ asks that you promote measures conducive to dialogue, up to and including binding arbitration.

However, should negotiations fail to resolve the dispute and given the economic stakes hanging in the balance, the CPQ asks that matters be expedited through exceptional measures, up to and including the adoption of a special law. Though such solutions are by no means optimal, they may prove inevitable in the context of this dispute.

Yours sincerely,

President and CEO
Yves-Thomas Dorval, Adm. A., ASC, ARP YTD/ib

cc: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

The CPQ asks for prompt resolution of the Canadian National (CN) labour dispute