NEW – Federal: CPA warned that a CP rail worker strike would have weakened an already fragile supply chain
Prior to the short Canadian Pacific Railway conflict, which was fortunately settled with binding arbitration on March 22, the CPA had written to Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra expressing the propane industry’s concern over the rail disruptions.
Interim President and CEO, Allan Murphy, wrote that rail service continues to be a challenge for the propane sector, particularly during the winter months, and any further disruption to the rail service across Canada would severely stress the propane supply chain system.
The CPA also signed a statement issued by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on the likely effects of a CP work stoppage. The document included signatories by over 45 companies and organizations that would have been affected.
As during the CN strike, Argus Media once again reached out to the CPA for comment about potential repercussions if a CP strike were to erupt. Murphy said if there were “any further disruption to the rail service in any part of the country, for any period of time, the challenges we currently face will be exacerbated, and we will see immediate consequences. Disruptions will occur not only for propane companies but for consumers who rely on propane to heat their homes, farms, businesses and institutions such as schools, seniors residences and hospitals."