Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concerns about the long-term effects of a potential strike at the Port of Montreal, emphasizing the need for a negotiated resolution. He highlighted the risks of permanent supply chain disruptions and customer loss during a Chamber of Commerce event in Montreal. Michel Leblanc, chamber president, questioned if the port should be an essential service, given frequent strikes. Trudeau stressed reassuring workers about their future and balancing the interests of workers, economic growth, and employers. He prefers negotiation over legislation for resolving disputes, recalling a past instance where the government intervened to end a Port of Montreal strike due to its impact on supply chains during COVID-19.