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NHLPA sends letter to Member of Parliament in Canada

Nov 21, 2012, 10:56 AM EST

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Exactly why the NHLPA sent an update on the CBA negotiations to a Member of Parliament in Canada isn’t clear, but ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun has published the entire letter, which is dated Monday.

Update: According to the Globe and Mail, the letter “was believed to be in response to a member of parliament threatening Canadian government intervention into the lockout and demanding an update on the situation on behalf of angry constituents.”

The content of the missive is nothing new for those who have been following the NHL’s work stoppage – the union makes it clear that “the lockout was a unilateral decision taken by the owners” and that “negotiations could have continued while games were played.”

It’s also not clear if the letter was sent to one Member of Parliament or more (it’s simply addressed to “Member of Parliament”).

For PHT’s American readers who may not be familiar with federal politics up north, Canada is led by a majority Conservative Party government that doesn’t get a whole bunch of support from organized labor.

Update:

According to the Globe and Mail, the letter “was believed to be in response to a member of parliament threatening Canadian government intervention into the lockout and demanding an update on the situation on behalf of angry constituents.”

  1. tmoore4075 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    This one really has me sitting back and thinking….WTF? Is there a point in this? It’s like when congress voted “for” In God We Trust on money even though voting against it wouldn’t have removed it. Don Fehr approved this going out??

    • ron05342 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      It’s because he is a moron, plain and simple.

      And totally contrary to the reports we are hearing this morning, where the NHLPA has “moved off” its position on guaranteed dollars. Stay tuned.

      • id4joey - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        Yep! Here’s what I wrote earlier.

        id4joey | Nov 21, 2012, 8:52 AM EST
        Well! Today is a big day for the PA. Their true colors will be revealed based on the proposal they will present this morning 10am. Now, if they are totally off the mark, then it will be another short meeting. If the players insist on any sort of guaranteed returns over percentage of HRR, then you can expect the NHL to announce later today the cancellation of all games from Dec 1 to 14. If not, then they will be in a negotiation marathon trying to resolve this conflict by the end of this week. What will it be for the players? Another lost pay check or an agreement?

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    That is a bit strange. It doesn’t really request anything from the MP or provide any particularly enlightening info.

    Stephen Harper may pretend to be a hockey fan but it’s not like he or anyone else in Parliament is about to become the hero of the lockout.

    • ThatGuy - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      The Canadian government mid as well be a small town City Council as far as the mainly American owners are concerned.

  3. id4joey - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    WTF is right. Can you spell PR?

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