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Industries warn of layoffs as calls grow to end CN strike

The federal government faced mounting calls Sunday to legislate striking Canadian National Railway Co. employees back to work as pockets of the Canadian economy began to show the strains five days after the country’s largest freight railway operator cut back to a fraction of its capacity. Across the country representatives from a number of industries warned of imminent shutdowns and layoffs if the strike continues for a prolonged period and called for Ottawa to do something.

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CN rail strike frays shipper nerves – and the ‘ripples’ will spread, warning

Canadian shippers are getting nervous about the strike at CN, the larger of the nation’s two Class I rail carriers. Grain shippers, farmers and interest groups from the mining and oil & gas sectors have expressed alarm about the industrial action, which began early on Tuesday.

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John Gormley Show – CJME/CKOM

With thousands of CN Rail workers on strike, industries across Canada and Saskatchewan are already feeling the sting as shipments are disrupted and a backlog begins to build. The Mining Association of Canada says the strike will cause “significant and damaging effects” across the industry, as it will affect not only shipments of mineral products but also shipments of fuel and other supplies to mine sites. Not only that, but the Mining Association is warning that a lengthy strike could result in “an untold number of layoffs across Canada [and] potential damage to the country’s reputation as a trading partner.” They’re calling on the government to take “any and all action necessary” to address the stoppage before it damages the economy. Pierre Gratton, President/CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, joins Gormley now to discuss the economic impacts the strike will have.

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CN strike risks ‘serious damage’ to Canada’s reputation: industry

Some Canadian industries are raising concerns that a prolonged strike at Canadian National Railway (CNR.TO) may hurt Canada’s reputation and make it even more difficult to attract foreign investment.

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Trudeau appoints fresh face to natural resources file amid Alberta angst

In a largely unanticipated move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday announced that his longtime friend Seamus O’Regan, the Liberal MP from St. John’s, Newfoundland, would serve as the next Natural Resources Minister.

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CN strike: Mining Assoc. warns of mines closing, thousands laid off within days

With more than 3,000 CN workers hitting the pickets line Tuesday, the Mining Association of Canada is warning of what it calls “the damaging effects” the work stoppage can have on the sector.

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Mining, agri-food sectors call for end to CN strike

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) said a prolonged strike by Canadian National Railway (CN) workers could have a serious downstream impact on mining operations that depend on railways to move products and supplies. “A strike by CN workers will have a seriously harmful effect on the industry,” said MAC president-CEO Pierre Gratton in a Nov. 19 news release.

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Rail strike could have significant economic impacts

Canadians are about to learn just how important railways still are in Canada. More than 3,000 CN workers are now on strike, and industries that rely on freight to move products — everything from grain to metallurgical coal and gasoline — are sending warning signals to the federal government that the impacts could be severe, if the strike drags on.

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