CALGARY, Alberta: As of midnight tonight, CP will shut down most of its Canadian terminals for the weekend.
The company explained this decision in a statement to customers:
“As a result of the continued work stoppage by the Teamsters union, we are experiencing reduced gate activities at our intermodal terminals during our non-peak hours. As such, with the exception of our Vancouver Intermodal Facility, we will close all the Canadian terminals Friday, May 25th at 2359 (11:59 PM).”
The Vancouver terminal will operate between 7:00AM and 3:00PM on Saturday and will be closed Sunday.
The schedule for the rest of the company’s terminals, which will reopen on Monday, is as follows:
Montreal (Lachine) and Toronto (Obico and Vaughan): 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday to Friday
Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver:7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday
Those hours will remain in effect until CP issues further notices. The company’s US intermodal terminals are operating under their normal business hours.
Even thought the Vancouver area is the least-affected by the strike, officials with Port Metro Vancouver want the government to end the strike, according to a statement issued by the port:
“The port is encouraged that federal Minister of Labour, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, has indicated that she would be prepared to act in the face of a protracted labour struggle, but…time is running out with damage from the strike already being felt throughout the economy.”
Peter Xotta, vice-president of planning and operations at Port Metro Vancouver addressed the situation with a bit more detail.
“Movement of major export commodities out of Canada’s largest port will become severely hampered in coming days due to the work stoppage. Deprived of CP’s rail services, the port’s major sulphur, coal, potash and grain terminals are losing volume, with deep ramifications on jobs across Canada.”