Thomas Walkom, in the Star, has the story nailed to the wall of his foxhole. Here is his lede:
In ordering an end to the nationwide rail strike by Canadian Pacific workers, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives appear to be following a long-standing tradition.
Canadian governments, whether Liberal or Conservative, have never let railway strikes drag on. Back-to-work legislation has been imposed on striking rail workers at least seven times since 1950.
What is dramatically new about this particular majority government, however, is the break-neck speed with which it acts. It legislates an end to strikes immediately after — and in some cases before — they begin.
It has introduced the concept of pre-emptive warfare to labour negotiations....
And it's not just the rapidity with which back-to-work legislation was introduced in the CP Rail dispute earlier this week.
Remember this, also from Walkom:
...In a dispute with its pilots, Air Canada didn’t even wait for employees to strike. It locked them out and then called on government to legislate an end to the dispute.
Lisa Raitt, the current labour minister, immediately obliged...
The real question is...
How many fronts can Mr. Harper fight his pre-emptive war on Canada before his Straussian FedCon army becomes overextended so that we can start pushing them back into the sea or, at the very least, into the wild rose bushes?
Tip 'O The Cap to Owen at Northern Reflections....