Senators will take an extra day to consider a bill which would force an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post workers.
The Senate had originally passed a motion to sit on Saturday and Sunday but adopted a new motion to adjourn until Monday.
In a statement, Sen. Peter Harder said they want more time to consider the witness testimony and ensure the proposed legislation complies with the charter.
A bill that would end the Canada Post work stoppage has advanced through several legislative stages in the Senate during a rare Saturday sitting. The final stage of debate on Bill C-89 will take place Monday. #SenCA #cdnpoli https://t.co/DODXfZxrzx
— Peter Harder (@SenHarder) November 24, 2018
“I am pleased work is well underway on this urgent legislation, which is very important to Canadians and Canadian businesses,” Harder said.
The back-to-work legislation completed first and second reading, as well as Committee of the Whole, during a rare Saturday sitting in the Senate.
Senators heard from several witnesses during the more than seven-hour sitting, including ministers, Canada Post, and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
If the Senate approves the bill, it will go into effect at noon eastern time the day after it receives royal assent.
— cupw (@cupw) November 25, 2018
In the meantime, the union representing postal workers says rotating strikes are continuing, along with negotiations.
Story by Brad Perry