Ottawa concerned with possible rail strike, sets news conference

OTTAWA Wed Feb 5, 2014 3:57pm EST

OTTAWA Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Canadian government voiced concern on Wednesday about the economic impact of a possible strike this week at Canadian National Railway, and scheduled a news conference with Labour Minister Kellie Leitch to talk about it.

"CN Rail has received a 72-hour strike notice from the Teamsters Union. Our government is concerned by the impact a possible strike will have on the Canadian economy," spokesman Stephen Lecce said in a statement.

Leitch will meet reporters outside the House of Commons at 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT) to discuss the situation.

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