Letter to the editor 1, May 26, 2016

Dear Editor,

What happened last week in parliament is unacceptable. No, I am not referring to the infamous elbow. There has been enough ink spilled on that.

Rather I am referring to what happened last Monday morning. There was a vote on bill C-10: the act to amend the 1988 Air Canada Public Participation act. Twenty-five per cent of the Liberal caucus (that’s 45 people) and 50 per cent of the Bloc caucus (that’s five people) did not show up for work on Monday and the Liberal government almost lost the vote on their own bill. If the bill had failed it would have suited me fine.

The 1988 act protects Canadian Maintenance centres in Montreal, Mississauga and Winnipeg. It means that Air Canada needs to keep its heavy maintenance in those cities. It protects well-paying Canadian jobs. Air Canada’s executives would rather do the maintenance in El Salvador. I’m not sure about you but when it comes to upkeep of the air fleet, I would feel safer if it was done in Canada.

We have former technicians that worked in those maintenance centres in our region. It’s disappointing that so many of our MPs, including our own, opted not to vote on the issue.

Jamie Nicholls


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