Media Releases May 01, 2021

Leading industry associations welcome passage of back-to-work legislation at the Port of Montreal


(OTTAWA) – April 30, 2021 – Today, Canada’s leading national industry associations issued the following statement regarding the passage of back-to-work legislation at the Port of Montreal:

“We welcome the Senate’s passage of back-to-work legislation. The prospect of a second strike in seven months has disrupted supply chains in all industries and has threatened Canada’s recovery at a time when our economy is at its most precarious.  As the second-largest port in Canada, the Port of Montreal is essential to Canada’s trade with the world. A labour stoppage would not only prevent goods from passing through the port, but would also create congestion at other ports, causing bottlenecks at key points of entry for Canadian businesses. It is estimated that an interruption would cost between $10 and $25 million per day.

We urge all parties to continue negotiations and come to a mutually beneficial agreement through collective bargaining.”

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Because Business Matters

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.

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For more information, please contact:
Emily Walsh
ewalsh@chamber.ca

List of Industry Associations

Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C. President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Chamber of CommerceMichael Graydon Chief Executive Officer Food, Health, and Consumer Products Canada  
Luke Chapman Interim President
Beer Canada  
Derek Nighbor President and Chief Executive Officer Forest Products Association of Canada
Shannon Coombs President Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association  John Corey President Freight Management Association                   
Dan Kelly President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Federation of Independent Business  Sandy MacLeod President & CEO Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada  
Ralph Suppa President and General Manager Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating  Kim Campbell Chair Importers and Exporters Canada
Bruce Rodgers Executive Director Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association  Lisa Kowalchuk Executive Director Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce  
Dennis Darby President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters  Pierre Gratton President and Chief Executive Officer Mining Association of Canada  
Ron Lemaire President Canadian Produce Marketing Association  David Wojcik President and Chief Executive Officer Mississauga Board of Trade
Brian Kingston President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association  Greg Cherewyk President Pulse Canada
Carol McGlogan President and Chief Executive Officer Electro-Federation Canada  Cathy Campbell President Responsible Distribution Canada
 Karen Proud
President and CEO
Fertilizer Canada
Diane J. Brisebois President and Chief Executive Officer Retail Council of Canada  
 Christian Buhagiar
President and Chief Executive Officer Supply Chain Canada