Protecting Air Service Act (Bill C-33) (A)

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, the essentials of labour law in this country are well understood: The union has a right to strike, the management has the right to lock out workers, and the two parties must be able to come to terms.

If the government consistently has back to work legislation when there is a threat of a dispute, how will we not have so undermined labour-management relations to have irreparably broken them and hurt this economy?

Kellie Leitch: Mr. Speaker, as I have said before, the best solution is one that the two parties come to themselves. 

Despite hard bargaining, these parties have been unable to come to a resolution. That is why we are taking action to ensure that the Canadian public’s interest is upheld and that we are managing the economy and staying focused on that, as opposed to what the opposition wants to do.