I am torn re. Bill C-257. This is a Bloc Quebecois bill that would make it illegal for Federally regulated companies to use replacement workers while their own employees are locked out or on strike. On the one hand, I think its the right thing to do. Furthermore, Quebec and B.C. have got on fine with similar provincial laws, so a lot of the Business complaints you will hear will just be fear mongering. On the other hand, if I were Stephane Dion, letting the Liberal Party vote as it might (unwhipped), and thus enabling the passage of the Bill, would be the wrong signal to send at this point.
The Tories are already going to brand him a tree-hugger. If this bill passes they'll start calling him a Communist.
Interestingly enough, a list I found at the Canadian Labour Congress website shows that almost 20% of Tory MPs voted in favor of C-257. Here is a list of them:
Cannan Rona Kelowna-Lake Country
Cummins John Delta-Richmond East
Grewal Nina Fleetwood-Port Kells
Harris Richard Cariboo-Prince George
Mark Inky Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette
Mayes Colin Okanagan-Shuswap
Manning Fabian Avalon
Brown Gord Leeds-Grenville
Davidson Patricia Sarnia-Lambton
Devolin Barry Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
Dykstra Rick St. Catharines
Galipeau Royal Ottawa-Orléans
Goodyear Gary Cambridge
Kramp Daryl Prince Edward-Hastings
Lemieux Pierre Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
Stanton Bruce Simcoe North
Van Kesteren Dave Chatham-Kent-Essex
Watson Jeff Essex
Petit Daniel Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles
They're baying for traitorous Tory blood at The Shotgun. I think I shall go tell them which of their own to fall upon.