Hon. Bryce Mackasey (Acting Minister of Labour):
far, the position of the government is that the dispute is between the employer, C.N. Railways, and the employees represented by various unions. It is not the government's intention or prerogative at this moment to interfere with the collective bargaining process. As to my reference to the Anti-Inflation Board, I think the hon. gentleman has read too much into it. It is entirely up to the Anti-Inflation Board to pass judgment on a collective agreement, once signed, and this should be the traditional position, I think, unless we want the Anti-Inflation Board unintentionally to assume the role of arbitrator in all disputes before collective bargaining has had an opportunity to function.
Subtopic: THREATENED STRIKE OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEES- GOVERNMENT POSITION ON ESSENTIALITY OF RAIL SERVICE