From the Toronto Star:
OTTAWAâ€”Backroom negotiations aimed at getting Canada Post workers back on the job produced at least two separate deals that came close to ending the political filibuster on Parliament Hill and the labour stoppage, the Star has learned.
But the deals fell through â€” including an apparent agreement between Canada Post and its workers â€” and insiders are pointing the finger at the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office as the reason.
New Democrats have accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of taking a hard line in the Canada Post dispute to send a signal to other public sector unions as he girds for federal belt-tightening.
â€œObviously the (Prime Ministerâ€™s Office) got involved in there. I believe that Stephen Harper wanted to send a message across the country,â€ said New Democrat MP Yvon Godin.