Statement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

GATINEAU, QC, May 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, issued the following statement regarding the Government's tabling of a motion to reject the Senate's amendments to Bill C-4:

"Our government was elected on a commitment to restore a fair and balanced approach to labour relations. Healthy labour relations help workers and their families, as well as businesses, thrive; it's key to a strong middle class.

Introducing Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act, was one of our first acts as a government, and is part of our plan to ensure Canada's labour laws best serve those Canadians working hard to build a future and employers who help to support our economy.

The Bill restores fairness, balance, and stability to Canada's tri-partite federal labour relations system by repealing two previous bills, Bill C-377 and Bill C-525.

Our government will not be accepting the Senate's amendments. We remain fully committed to the passage of Bill C-4, as passed by the House of Commons, and the fulfillment of our commitment to Canadians."

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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Contacts: Matt Pascuzzo, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour,, 819-654-4183; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559,

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