REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the federal government should already be working towards ending the CN Rail strike.
Moe says he has spoken to Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland about the strike, which he says will jeopardize jobs in his province if it continues.
About 3,200 member of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference walked off the job early Tuesday after the union and CN Rail failed to reach a contract deal.
Moe says Ottawa should signal that it’s willing to take action such as back-to work legislation to end the work stoppage.
He says waiting until Parliament reconvenes on Dec. 5 will be too late to alleviate some of the strike’s economic impacts.
The Alberta government and federal Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer have already called on the Liberals to recall Parliament sooner to enact legislation to deal with the strike.
“We need the trains running,” Moe said Thursday.
“If we’re not able to have both parties agree to binding arbitration or to some type of an agreement that would allow the trains to move in the very near future – and we’re talking hours now, not days – the federal government should entertain coming back sooner rather than later.”
Moe tabled a motion in the Saskatchewan legislature Thursday that would have seen members urge the federal government to end the strike through binding arbitration or back-to-work legislation.
His request for an emergency debate didn’t receive unanimous consent, however, and was defeated.