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Resumes of rejected miners requested 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Lawyers representing unions fighting against the importation of 201 temporary Chinese miners to a B.C. underground coal operation were back in court Wednesday, this time seeking the resumes of the hundreds of Canadians who weren’t hired for the job.

The Federal Court has ordered the documents be provided to the unions, represented by Charles Gordon and Lorne Waldman. The two lawyers argued in court Ottawa hasn’t compelled HD Mining — which oversees the Tumbler Ridge operation — to bring out the papers.

“Just writing a letter and asking for the documents is not enough effort to comply with the court order,” Waldman said outside the court. “They (the government) certainly have the power to enforce the demand and they certainly haven’t used that power thus far.”

The case, currently reviewing an application of contempt against Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, is expected to continue Thursday morning and extend possibly into next week, union lawyers said.

 

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