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Canada Spat With Diplomats May Hinder Keystone Lobbying

Apr 26, 2013
(Bloomberg News)

A labor dispute between Canada and its diplomats will hinder government efforts to lobby the U.S. for approval of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline, the head of the foreign-service workers’ union said.

Federal diplomats are working no more than the 7.5 hours per day required by their contracts and not answering e-mails or phone calls after 5 p.m., said Tim Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers.

The union’s actions are “going to affect our ability to lobby foreign governments on issues important to the country,” Edwards said by telephone from Ottawa. “We are the face and front line of Canada abroad.”