From Today's Natty Post:
OTTAWA - The business community let out a collective sigh of relief yesterday after the Liberal Party said it will withdraw its support for a bill that would ban the use of replacement workers during a strike, a move that likely kills the legislation as it heads to final reading.
The business community gave a sigh, and so did I. Not that I don't support bill C-257 in principle, but Dion is already being called a tree-hugger and if he let the party get behind this one people would be calling him a Communist.
And not just people, the "business community": hundreds of associations, think-tanks, and PR departments with a ton of access to the business press and staffers dedicated to making up doomsday stories whenever government even thinks about changing the ground rules in ways they do not favor.
So this one is a bridge too far at the moment. Besides, if you're looking at short-changing a potential constituency, its far easier to stiff unionists than greenies. People think green and they see cute fuzzy bunnies. They think Unionist and they see some slob swilling beer out of the trunk of his car during coffee-break outside of an auto-plant.