Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters urges all parties to support back-to-work law at the Port of Montreal

OTTAWA, ON, April 27, 2021 / CNW / – Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) congratulates Minister Tassi and the federal government for introducing legislation to end labor disruptions at the Port of Montreal. CME now urges all parties to support these measures and ensure swift passage of the bill. Canadian manufacturers are one of the largest users of the port and its closure due to the ongoing labor dispute is having a severe impact on the industry.

“Manufacturers, like all Canadian businesses, have gone through very difficult times over the past year. The last thing they needed was another work stoppage at one of the from Canada most important ports. We thank the government for taking action and legislating to end the strike, and we implore all parties to get this passed as quickly as possible, ”said Dennis darby, President and CEO of CME.

In the absence of an agreement between the two parties, the intervention of the federal government was necessary. As the Canadian economy continues to battle the global pandemic, a prolonged general strike at the port of Montreal threatens not only the economy, but also the supply chains of manufacturers across the country.

“The manufacturers cannot afford this strike at the port. It is essential that this bill be passed quickly so that port activities can resume as quickly as possible, ”Darby concluded.

Presented earlier today, BILL C-29: An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the port of Montreal provides for the resumption and continuation of operations at the port of Montreal and mandates mediation as a process for resolving issues that remain in dispute between the parties. It empowers the mediator-arbitrator to impose arbitration as a process for resolving issues that cannot be resolved through mediation.


Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has helped manufacturers grow at home and compete globally. Our goal is to ensure that manufacturers are recognized as engines of growth in the economy, with Canada recognized as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies which account for approximately 82 percent of manufacturing output and 90 percent of from Canada exports.

SOURCE Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

For further information: Ady Stefan Calin, Manager, Communications and Branding, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, C: 514-293-3765 | [email protected] | @CME_MEC

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