Part One of The Current
It's Thursday, May 24th.
Hours after CP Rail workers went on strike, the federal government said it was prepping a bill to force them back on the job.
Currently, railway schedulers around the world only wish they could make their trains arrive as quickly as Canadian back-to-work legislation.
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Egypt Votes - Panel
Egypt's protesters got exactly what they wanted after they filled Cairo's streets a year ago: For the first time in Egypt's long history, a free presidential election is underway. Hosni Mubarak certainly won't return --but it's far from clear who will win. Voting began yesterday and Egyptians are still casting ballots .
13 candidates are running for president, some former members of the Mubarak government, some former opposition leaders, some members of Islamic parties. The two day preliminary round wraps up today. Analysts doubt anyone will win a majority of fifty per cent of the vote, so a runoff vote will be held next month. Egypt's new president will have the country's highest hopes on his shoulders.
We have three guests today to talk about their own hopes for Egypt. Ramy Yaacoub is the chief of staff for the Free Egyptians Party, a liberal, secular political party. Sarah Al Rifaei is a community service program coordinator. And Gigi Ibrahim is an activist and blogger. They were all in Cairo.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Josh Bloch.
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