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Back to work legislation is possible

So, the strike is finally going to be addressed by the House.  Rona Ambrose has stated that she is ready to introduce back-to-work legislation.

The surprising turn of events came after a flurry of activity beginning at Queen’s Park yesterday when Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty called on the federal government to intervene and end the strike.

“I think it’s gone on for too long,” Mr. McGuinty told reporters.

“It affects our most vulnerable citizens. It’s dramatically affecting our economy at a time when we can’t afford to have these kind of things get in the way. So my advice to the federal government is you’re going to have to come to grips with this.”

Yes, but it is not only the most vulnerable citizens who have been hit by this. My family and I are by no means “vulnerable”, but our stress levels are at all-time highs due to the stoppage. Life can, at times, be stressful and we deal with that. But adding the strike to the usual cocktail of kids, work, et al has truly pushed both Colleen and I toward the brink. Our work hours are out of whack due to the necessity of taking carpools. When the carpools aren’t available (as is the case for the next week for Colleen since her driver has gone on a vacation), then there is the added stress of dropping the kids off AND picking them up as well as fighting the traffic and paying $15/day to park reasonably close to her building.

We are ALL vulnerable… it’s just that some are more so than others.


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  1. trashee says:

    It will pass quickly if there is unanimous consent of the House – which ain’t gonna happen. Otherwise it has to go through 3 readings and committee. But these can go fairly quickly provided the opposition cooperates.

    Y’know, I didn’t want to come across as a a whiner because my family is in a fortunate position compared to many, many others. But it IS freakin’ stressful – my BP has been high and my pulse has been racing now and then… plus I’m not sleeping well worrying about many things – but among them is this strike.

    I love my life – I truly do. But it can be trying now and then and the last thing anyone’s life needs is to be negatively impacted by the actions and inactions of a bunch of grown men and women who are more concerned with posturing than with finding common ground.

    It sickens me.

  2. XUP says:

    Thank you so much for saying this. Of course, there are people in worse situations than others, but I’ve actually taken the last couple of days off work because I just can’t cope with this carpooling crap anymore – never knowing when I’m goign to get to work or when I do get there, who’s going to be around to take me home. Yes, everyone has been great shuffling me around for rides, but it’s really getting to me. Nobody seems to understand how demoralizing it is, so I look like a big baby just because I don’t get to have any control over my life for a couple of months.
    And after the ups and downs so far, I’m not holding my breath that this back-to-work thing is going to fly — not if she needs the opposition’s support. And I’m assuming the opposition will include the NDP and Bloc?? I can’t see them agreeing to this.

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