Thursday, 9 June 2016

Manitoba Government News Release for Opposing Bill C-10 2016


Manitoba News Release

June 8, 2016
UNANIMOUS SUPPORT IN MANITOBA LEGISLATURE FOR MOTION OPPOSING BILL C-10, AN ACT TO AMEND THE AIR CANADA PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ACT
Members of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a motion today reiterating opposition to Bill C-10, an act to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act, Deputy Premier Heather Stefanson announced.
“Unanimous support of Manitoba’s MLAs sends a strong message to our partners in the federal government that we expect them to ensure that commitments made to our province in terms of investment and job creation for Manitoba’s aerospace industry, are fulfilled,” said Stefanson.  “Manitoba’s interests are clear.  Proposed changes to the Air Canada Public Participation Act must provide a net benefit to our province.”
In February 2016, the previous government wrote the federal government requesting that amendments to the federal Air Canada public participation act be limited to expanding the geographical scope of Air Canada’s commitments within Manitoba.  The proposed amendments go significantly further than the geographical scope, she noted.
Premier Brian Pallister has also raised Manitoba’s concerns regarding the impact of Bill C-10 on Manitoba’s aerospace industry directly with the Prime Minister.
“Manitoba is home to a world class aerospace industry, the largest in Western Canada, employing 5,400 people directly and even more indirectly in related sectors,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen.  “There are significant implications to moving forward with Bill C-10 without ensuring that it results in the strengthening, not weakening, of Manitoba’s aerospace industry.”
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

                            AIR CANADA PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ACT RESOLUTION
MOVED BY:  Hon. Mrs. Stefanson
SECONDED BY:  Hon. Cliff Cullen
WHEREAS Manitoba is home to a world class aerospace industry, the largest in Western Canada, employing 5,400 people directly and many more indirectly in related sectors; and
WHEREAS maintaining a competitive aerospace industry outside of eastern Canada is in the national interest; and
WHEREAS federal amendments to the Air Canada Public Participation Act virtually eliminate any obligation for Air Canada to maintain high quality, skilled, heavy maintenance jobs in the province and is contrary to the interests of Manitobans; and
WHEREAS the Federal Government has pushed through its amendments to the Air Canada Public Participation Act without adequate consultation or firm commitments to the Manitoba aerospace sector and despite clear opposition from the Provincial Government, business and labour organizations.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba oppose passage and proclamation of Bill C-10 and continue to do so until such time as specific and binding commitments made by the Federal Government and Air Canada are sufficient to reassure Manitobans that changes to the Air Canada Public Participation Act, and related accompanying investments in training, innovation and job creation, will provide a net benefit to the Manitoba economy including, but not limited to, permanent jobs in Manitoba supporting the overhaul and maintenance of aircraft.

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