The Senate decided to make a final decision on the proposed government legislation for Canada post until Monday after hours of debate and witness testimony.
Senators were ready to sit Sunday, if necessary, but after almost eight hours of witnessing and debate, they decided to reschedule the third and final reading of the Bill C-89 for Monday afternoon.
This means that legal regulations for work can come into force as early as Tuesday afternoon, if the legislation is passed on Monday.
At the weekend's weekend, there were intense talks on the government's motivation to force workers back to their jobs, party reminders and concerns over violations of the charter rights.
The controversial law, if adopted, will enter into force at noon ET on the day after the royal approval.
Early on Saturday, a member of the Independent Senators Group (ISG) who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, for PS News several members of the ISG are concerned with the Bill C-89 and whether it is in accordance with charter rights.
In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that Canadian workers have a fundamental right to strike, protected by the constitution.
Uncomfortable for the law
The senator said there was anxiety about the rationale that the government was pressing to have an "extraordinary" session of the Senate, to suspend normal rules for debate, and to try to adopt the law in a day.
The Justice Minister has provided a charter declaration to the Senate on Saturday at 1 am regarding concerns about workers' rights.
This statement lists the views of the law and how the government believes it includes the rights to freedom of association and expression.
According to the government, the Bill C-89 is in line with the Charter, since the extension of postal services is important for the Canadian economy. And legislation, the government claims, will prevent continued damage to businesses and Canadians, especially the need for postal services – such as rural or old Canadians.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not mention economy or businesses, nor does it specifically address geographical inequality.
The statement once again defended the government's activities, saying "the law was introduced only after unsuccessful efforts to bring the collective bargaining process to a satisfactory conclusion for all parties. The government has taken significant steps to promote the collective bargaining process by encouraging a resolution on negotiating the parties' dispute ".
Not all senators were delighted with the document. Senator Murray Sinclair was so impressed that he told the Senate that he was "a little surprised that he had not been brought to us for toilet paper, that's useless."
See: Paty Hajdu explains the need for a law to work
As the proceedings began on Saturday, Senator Peter Harder, a Senate government official, introduced the law with "regrets".
"Let me be clear, the legislation that comes back to work is the last resort," he said. "We are in the last resort."
It was more difficult to talk about disruptions in the service of Canadians, and said he would prefer an agreement to be reached without parliamentary intervention.
However, he said he believed that this was the best way forward.
"The legislation before us shows a positive approach to solving a difficult and delicate dispute."
If a draft law is adopted, he will appoint an arbiter of a mediator to assist the Canada Post and the working community to reach an agreement. If this fails, they will turn to binding arbitration.
Why it takes so long?
Conservative Sen. Lev Husakos criticized the Trudo Liberals for taking five weeks to respond to rotating strikes.
He ultimately supports the legislation, but said that liberals respond "only when one issue becomes politically embarrassing".
Sen. Youn Pau Wu, who heads the ISG, commented on the critical nature of the legislation.
"The long-term sustainability and availability of postal services for Canada, as well as the rights and conditions for employing workers, is at stake."
He urged the government not to pressure the Red Chamber to walk through the Bill C-89 Saturday, declaring the appropriate time for senators to understand the debate from the House of Commons.
Members of the Canadian Postal Workers Union (CUPW) held a rotating escape for a month, causing massive backlogs and mailboxes in postal depots.
Canada Post said it may take weeks to expand even in 2019 to clear off backlogs, especially in large sorting centers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
50,000 CUPW members in two groups look for better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more safety at work and minimum guaranteed time.
Trade union leaders this week continued to vehemently oppose what they say will be unconstitutional legislation, vowing to fight the government's actions in court and in the streets.
Labor Minister Patti Hajdu defended government legislation this week, saying it was not a "tough hand".
The CBC News Network's Business Panel addresses legislation on returning work:
Hajdu and Public Service Minister Karla Kunrot appeared before the Senate on Saturday to submit statements and answer questions.
They were scarcely about the length of time the liberals took in response to the strike, possible alternatives to minimize the impact of strikes and the ultimate goal of the labor dispute.
"The government is the prospect that the legislation we created is incredibly balanced," Hajdu told the chamber.
Chaos for the holidays
At the top of the ministerial events, the interim president of Canada and the head of the union sent remarks to the Red Counsel.
"I did not want to be here to discuss labor legislation," admits Jessica McDonald from the Canada Post.
"Despite the great efforts … we could not find the joint request".
This weekend, Canada Post expects to deliver only 30,000 parcels, when initially planned 500,000, she said, stressing that the strike strike is being taken by consumers.
CUPW President Mike Palechek has opposed her comments, calling those statistics invented.
He shared several stories about workers who were injured in the workplace, or who have been working so much overtime that they barely see their families.
And he condemned the bill for work.
"Our charter rights will be violated," he said. "I do not believe this bill is necessary, I believe it is an obstacle to improving Canada's labor relations."