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Parliament votes today

Parliament will vote Wednesday Oct. 25th (today at or around 6:30pm EST) on Bill C-257, a law that would prevent employers covered by the Canada Labour Code from hiring replacement workers during a strike or lockout.

Recent sessions of Parliament have seen two private members’ bills to outlaw the use of scabs, Bills C-328 (2002) and C-263 (2005).

Bill C-263 was defeated by only 12 votes.

The Liberals were split. Enough voted with the Conservatives to outvote the coalition of Bloc Québecois, NDP and fair minded Liberals. But only barely.

With the current volatile minority government, the balance could easily swing. But only if MPs hear from their constituents about why we need a federal anti-scab law.