IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ Air Canada must obey the law and keep highly skilled jobs in Canada

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Member's Statement

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, a few days ago I joined hundreds of machinists at a rally in Vancouver, as these highly-skilled workers are fighting to keep their jobs in Canada. Similar rallies were held the same day in Montreal and other parts of the country.

These machinists are simply asking the government to make sure Air Canada actively obeys the law passed in Parliament, the Air Canada Public Participation Act. They need the support of this government to pressure Air Canada management to keep heavy maintenance facilities across Canada. While these workers represent decades of expert commitment to serving the Canadian aviation industry and ensuring safety, Air Canada management is preparing to export well-paying full-time jobs to low-paying countries. This has clear safety implications.

The government is in defiance of the laws of the land, this time ignoring critical safety concerns, as well as the strategic interest for Canada to maintain and grow highly-skilled jobs. This is clearly not acceptable. We call upon the government today to oblige Air Canada, to respect the law and make sure that these highly-skilled jobs are maintained here in Canada.