Air Canada is laughing in the face of Quebecers by reneging on its promise to buy 45 A220-300 planes assembled by Airbus at Mirabel and by leaving its maintenance center behind, argues the Bloc Quebecois.
“Air Canada used to laugh at Quebeckers, and they continue to laugh about it today. Before giving them more public money, we should make sure that they keep their word, ”said Xavier Barsalou-Duval, Bloc Québécois transport critic.
In 2016, Ottawa changed the law so that Air Canada was no longer required to maintain its planes in Montreal. In return, Air Canada has promised to buy 45 C Series planes and establish a maintenance center in Quebec.
At the same time, the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard dropped the lawsuits against Air Canada after the bankruptcy of its subcontractor Aveos. The Minister of the Economy, Dominique Anglade, had stressed that this center would create more than 1,000 jobs in Quebec.
However, none of this materialized, insisted the Bloc Québécois yesterday.
“At the time, representatives from Air Canada came to the Senate committee to say that if we did not pass Bill C-10, they would not establish the center of excellence and that they would not buy not Quebec planes. But we meet again four years later, and that’s exactly what they are doing, “said Xavier Barsalou-Duval of the BQ.
For Jean Poirier, spokesperson for former employees of Aveos, the federal, provincial and Air Canada have all put on “a beautiful show of buccaneer” with this series of promises. “It stinks in my nose,” he sighs.
He said the Trudeau government should settle the case of the ex-Aveos workers, who each lost nearly $ 250,000 each in wages, benefits and pension funds over four years, before coming to its rescue.
Yesterday, the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Dominique Anglade, who was in charge of the file at the time, refused to grant an interview.
When The newspaper Asked Air Canada if it would stick to the 45-plane and center agreement, the carrier gave us a statement confirming the cancellation of the 12 A220s, but avoided talking about the center.
“Air Canada has no additional comments to share,” said spokesperson Pascale Déry.