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07-19-2012, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeCool16 View Post
I doubt that hockey would qualify as an essential service... although that would be nice since it would certainly speed things up!
Hockey wouldn't need to be declared an essential service. If Ottawa were intent to putting an end to a players strike, they would likely follow the same path as they did for the multiple Air Canada unions. First, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt would ask the CIRB to determine if the NHL would qualify as an essential service, thus suspending the right to strike until that ruling comes down. Second and during that delay, the government would prepare and pass back-to-work legislation, thereby forcing players back on the rinks while a new collective agreement would be decided in arbitration by a government selected arbitrator.

Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun View Post
Maybe they could make an argument that the NHL's the only thing keeping Canadian rage in check and preventing an invasion of Greenland?
We sort of did. Denmark and Canada have been having a diplomatic spat over a small island in the Arctic since the early 1970's. Over the past 30-40 years, many military "exercises" have been done in or around the island on both sides. Both countries have also planted their flags on the island.

A new agreement negotiated earlier this year would see each country get half of the Island. If it gets ratified, Canada will technically have a land border with Denmark.

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