News Analysis Apr 28, 2021 2:26 PM EST

Trudeau gov't to threaten striking workers with $100,000 fine

The Trudeau government has been accused recently of being slightly more heavy-handed than perhaps may be necessary.

Trudeau gov't to threaten striking workers with $100,000 fine
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC
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A Trudeau Minister has threatened striking workers in Montreal's Port with a $100,000 per-day fine if the strikers do not get back to work.

Trudeau's Labour Minister, however, called all this a "matter of life and death," according to Blacklock's Reporter.

Trudeau's heavy-handed response may have something to do with arriving medical supplies: "If medical products and lifesaving medical devices do not get to hospitals and patients in a timely manner, the health of Canadians is at stake," said the minister.

"We know there are ships currently with Covid-19 related products, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment that now cannot get through ... the impacts are vast and deep.

This bill will be pushed through Parliament imminently, forcing over 1,000 workers out of the strike. The Trudeau government justified all this by saying, "Canadians are counting on us."

The Trudeau government has been accused recently of being slightly more heavy-handed than perhaps may be necessary.

The government has been harshly criticized for Bill C-10 which would regulate the internet and social media in the same way that it regulates national broadcasting.

Nevertheless, they're plowing ahead with it, and it seems likely that the NDP will support this motion.

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