February 28, 2000 (36th Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Greg Thompson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Greg Thompson

We can disagree. I know that the member who interjected is a union representative. That is fair. There is nothing wrong with that. However, in greater society, no matter what corporation we are dealing with, not every person in the world is unionized. None of us here is unionized. Most of the companies in my home province of New Brunswick are non-unionized. It is one of the most non-unionized provinces in the country.
I would say that unions are not the key to immediate success, clarification or resolving the problem. The real key is for Canada Post to negotiate in good faith, recognizing that these people have a very important job to do. It is a job on which all of us in the House depend. We would not allow this to happen in the city of Ottawa. We would not allow it to happen in downtown Vancouver. It is basically the city mouse versus the country mouse. In this case the country mouse is losing out simply because it has no protection under the rules which have been set for it by Canada Post.
Let us re-engineer this arrangement between our rural drivers and Canada Post. All we want to see at the end of the day is fairness in the negotiations.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Canada Post Corporation Act
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