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CP Strike Bill May Not Pass Senate Today

Canadian opposition lawmakers in the Senate may hold up passage of a bill ending a strike by workers at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. by at least one day, meaning freight service may not resume tomorrow.

The governing Conservatives need unanimous agreement to waive the two-day waiting period required for legislation that goes to the Senate. Conservative Senate Leader Marjory LeBreton told reporters today that “it appears” lawmakers from the opposition Liberal Party don’t “want to deal with it today.”

The legislation calls for service to begin again no later than 12 hours after the bill clears the final legislative step, known as Royal Assent, which usually takes place shortly after Senate approval.

Marc Roy, a Liberal spokesman, said the Senate won’t be debating the bill today.

Lawmakers from the House of Commons passed the legislation at around 1:30 this morning to expedite the end to the CP strike.

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