MP Duncan calls for Parliament recall to deal with CN Rail strike

SDSG MP Eric Duncan (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SDSG – Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Eric Duncan is calling for a recall of Parliament to deal with the CN Rail strike.

Duncan says the strike is affecting local farmers, trying to harvest their crops, and would deal a “serious blow” to the local and national economy.

“Today, I am calling on the government to immediately recall Parliament and table emergency (back-to-work) legislation that would show both sides of this dispute that the government is serious about ending the strike,” Duncan said in a news release Wednesday.

He says the strike has stalled propane shipments needed to run crop driers and the fuel is also used to heat livestock buildings.

“I have spoken with many farmers in the past 24 hours who agree that propane services are a priority for homeowners who need to heat their homes. However, our farmers have already had a very difficult year with the weather, global trade uncertainty, and now this situation.”

The CN Rail workers – about 3,200 conductors, train and yard personnel – went on strike Tuesday.

The outstanding issues for the union include fatigue, safety and ensuring workers’ breaks aren’t reduced, according to the Financial Post.