Transport Minister releases statement about strike in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Federal Transport Minister, Lisa Raitt made a statement today about the strike that has suspended Canada’s largest port.

“I am encouraged by the resumption of significant truck activity at Port Metro Vancouver terminals in recent days,” the statement began. “This demonstrates that the actions taken by our government and the port have made a difference towards resolving this dispute. I stand by our commitment to implement the 14-point action plan. I have asked Mr. Vince Ready to ensure that all parties commit to further discussion for long-term solutions when the truckers return to work.”

Yesterday, the B.C. government tabled a bill that if passed would force unionized truck drivers serving Port Metro Vancouver to return to work.

“The efficient movement of marine containers through Port Metro Vancouver is critical to Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and the national economy. It is crucial to see the port returned to full operation very soon.”

 The legislation does not affect non-unionized container truckers.

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