MPs urged to defeat Bill C-257, Big Union Bill will hurt small business

    OTTAWA, March 21 /CNW/ - Garth Whyte, executive vice-president of the
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), will be available for
comment following the Canadian Labour Congress' press conference regarding
Bill C-257 this morning.
    CFIB strongly believes this legislation is deeply flawed and, if passed,
will make Canada less competitive and could be detrimental to small
businesses' ability to survive. The private members' bill proposes a complete
ban on replacement workers at federally regulated companies, which means that
critical national infrastructure, such as transportation (trucking, airlines,
railways) and telecommunications (telephone, internet, cell phones) could halt
completely in the event of a strike or lock-out.
    "This would be devastating to the Canadian economy, affecting far more
businesses than those directly involved. What makes this even more outrageous
is that measures already exist to ensure that companies using replacement
workers do not undermine the authority of the union," said Whyte.
    CFIB has been urging MPs to vote against Bill C-257, and Whyte noted that
Canada's small and medium-sized business owners will be paying attention to
how MPs vote today. "We want to be sure they put good policy ahead of
politics," he concluded.
    Whyte will attend the vote on Bill C-257 this afternoon and will be
available, on Parliament Hill, to comment on the results once the bill has
been passed or defeated.

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For further information: Marie-Danielle Davis, (613) 235-2373 or, after
5:00 pm, call Lucie Charron at (613) 324-3063

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