Mr. Speaker, yesterday, Pilon Limitée reopened in Hull.
Last week's announcement by Pilon Limitée of its intention to close its doors created a considerable stir. Messages of support were forthcoming from all sides. After 100 years, it was impossible to imagine this company closing.
This reversal of the decision is a relief to all the people in the Outaouais region, contractors, PAL dealers and customers. Pilon Limitée is a profitable company backed by a long reputation for quality and good service. Seventy jobs were at stake. Some of the employees had been with the company for as many as 55 years.
The good faith on both sides, union and management, the urgency to take action, and the issues at stake have overcome the labour conflict, which had gone on for several months.
The closing of this hundred year-old business was avoided by a hair's breadth. This goes to shown that, with a bit of good will, anything is possible.
As the member for Hull—Aylmer, I wish to congratulate both parties on having found a common ground, thus saving—