Defeat of Bill C-257 on replacement workers: excellent news according to Quebec's main business federation

    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec's main business federation, the
Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), welcomed with relief the majority defeat
in the House of Commons of Bill C-257, which would have made it illegal to
hire replacement workers during labour conflicts in businesses under federal
    The CPQ is especially pleased with this outcome after its hard work in
recent months to convince Members of Parliament to vote against the proposed
change to the Canada Labour Code. The CPQ did everything in its power to
prevent adoption of the bill: a brief to the House of Commons committee
studying the bill, letters to MPs, open letters to newspapers...
    This victory of the CPQ and other employers' associations involved in the
fight against Bill C-257 will encourage the vital economies of the rail, air
and marine transport sectors as well as telecommunications and financial
services, which would have had their hands completely tied during strikes and
lockouts should the bill have passed.
    While campaigning actively against the bill at the federal level, the CPQ
has always been opposed to the Quebec law on replacement workers, whose
harmful effects on the Quebec economy have been felt since it was adopted 30
years ago.

    The CPQ is the main federation of employers in Quebec. The organization
includes many of Quebec's largest companies as well as the vast majority of
sector-based business associations. CPQ members employ more than 70% of the
Quebec work force.

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For further information: Patrick Leblanc, Director of Communications,
Cell.: (514) 571-6400

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