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Letter on Potential Labour Action at Canadian Pacific Railway

"A work stoppage of this magnitude will result in real and significant losses across the pulse industry."

Greg Cherewyk, Pulse Canada
Greg Cherewyk President

Mar 08, 2022

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March 8, 2022

Hon. Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Labour
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister O’Regan,

Canada’s pulse industry is deeply concerned with the potential work stoppage stemming from contract negotiations between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. We are writing to request the Government of Canada use all of the tools at its disposal to prevent this work stoppage and limit any further damage to the Canadian agriculture industry and the broader Canadian economy.

For weeks, despite lower-than-average hopper car demand, Canada’s two major railways have been fulfilling only half of grain orders. This record-poor performance continues to cost Canada’s grain supply chain millions – both in unnecessary demurrage and storage fees and in cancelled contracts and lost opportunities.

A work stoppage of this magnitude will result in real and significant losses across the pulse industry. As the world’s largest producer and exporter of peas and lentils, accounting for over one-third of all global pulse trade, Canadian pulse growers and Canada’s pulse industry rely on a functioning supply chain to send products to 130 countries worldwide. Any additional harm to our supply chain would only further damage Canada’s reputation for delivering high-quality goods on a consistent and reliable basis. In the face of ongoing serious concerns about the resiliency of Canada’s rail system and the continuous supply chain disruptions impacting Canadian exporters and consumers, it is vital we avoid this strike.

I want to thank you for your attention to this matter and welcome the opportunity to discuss this important issue with you at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Greg Cherewyk
President
Pulse Canada

cc: Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Hon. Mary Ng, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
Hon. Omar Alghabra, P.C., M.P., Minister of Transport


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Pulse Canada is the national association of growers, traders and processors of Canadian pulses, also known as lentils, dry peas, beans and chickpeas. Pulses are an essential part of a healthy and sustainable diet. Pulses and pulse ingredients can help food manufacturers improve the nutritional and functional quality of food products.