Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

April 11, 2007 14:58 ET

Canadian Chemical Producers' Association: Chemical Producers Ask Minister to Keep the Trains Running

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - The Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA) today called on the Federal Government to urgently act to avoid another devastating work stoppage by CN rail by introducing legislation in the House of Commons on Monday. Planned rotating strikes in Canada's rail system will affect many integrated supply chains including chemical producers - a $26 billion business in Canada.

"Rail is an essential service for the Canadian economy," said CCPA President Richard Paton. "We have not fully recovered from the last work stoppage and further disruption will seriously harm customers, companies and their employees and communities. With no alternate means to ship products to their customers, chemical producers will have to reduce output. This will result in millions in additional costs," he added.

The strikes, expected to begin this evening, could cause major paralysis throughout the Canadian economy, which is heavily dependant on a reliable rail system. During the last 15-day work stoppage in February 2007, several manufacturing operations were impacted when they could not get the necessary chemicals for their operations. Operations are now still struggling to recover from the last strike. Many CCPA companies depend on rail service for the movement of almost 70% of the volume of their goods.

In March, the CCPA lauded the Government's introduction of Bill C-46 (the Railway Continuation Act, 2007) in the House of Commons, but was concerned when it was shelved before being passed and enacted. Essential chemicals supply many parts of the manufacturing sector including the automotive, forestry and construction industries and are an essential part of the Canadian economy. Today, the CCPA is again calling on the Federal Government to act quickly to put an end to the disruptions by re-introducing Bill C-46 in the House of Commons at the earliest possible opportunity. The CCPA also urged the opposition parties to support this legislative action, critical to the Canadian economy's competitive environment.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Chemical Producers' Association
    Michael Bourque
    Vice President Public Affairs
    613-237-6215 ext. 225
    Canadian Chemical Producers' Association
    Julien Lavoie
    Manager, Communications
    613-237-6215 ext. 239