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March 3, 2010

Air Canada to lay off over a thousand machinists

Air Canada to lay off over a thousand machinists

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An Air Canada 777-300 landing at Montréal-Trudeau in 2007.
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Canadian airline Air Canada has said that it will be laying off 1,010 machinists seconded to work at the Aveos Fleet Performance aircraft maintenance company.

The layoffs will take place in April and June, with 470 and 540 workers to be laid off in each month, respectively. They will affect some 445 workers in Montreal, 345 in Winnipeg, and 220 in Vancouver; 195 layoffs are to be permanent and the other 815 temporary.

The layoffs reflect reduced demand for maintenance of the Airbus A319 and A320 planes in Air Canada’s fleet, according to the Canadian Press. Mitigation efforts by the company meant that there would be fewer workers permanently laid off, but at the cost of more temporary layoffs.

A spokesman for Aveos, Michael Kun, commented that some of the people temporarily laid off could return to work by July. “We will be recalling them within eight months, starting in July,” Kun said, as quoted by the Canadian Press.



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July 11, 2008

Hundreds of Air Canada flight attendants to lose jobs

Hundreds of Air Canada flight attendants to lose jobs

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632 Air Canada flight attendants will lose their jobs in November as the airline is eliminating flights and routes. 332 of the jobs will be lost due to the closure of flight attendant base offices in Halifax and Winnipeg. Another 300 jobs will be lost at Vancouver due to major reductions in Air Canada’s Pacific-based international flights.

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Dramatic increases in fuel prices are widely blamed for the airline’s cutbacks. The flight attendant layoffs are part of an overall plan to reduce 2000 jobs at Air Canada.

Airline union CUPE learned of the flight attendant cutbacks from the airline on Wednesday. Representatives of the labour association gave critical responses to this news.


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December 14, 2007

Brian Mulroney testifies before Canadian House of Commons

Brian Mulroney testifies before Canadian House of Commons

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney testified Thursday before an ethics committee in the Canadian House of Commons about the Airbus affair, a case involving alleged bribery at the highest levels of government to secure Airbus sales of aircraft to Air Canada.

In his testimony, Mulroney said that he should not have associated with German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber nor should have he accepted bundles of cash — which he placed in safe deposit boxes in two different countries.

Nonetheless, Mulroney denied accepting kickbacks. He admitted taking about CAD225,000 in cash from Schreiber in 1993 and 1994, which was after his departure from politics. He also said that the money involved promoting Schreiber’s private business dealings.

To the committee Muroney said: “When I look back on it today, I realize I made a serious error of judgment in receiving a payment in cash for this assignment even though it was decidedly not illegal to do so. That mistake in judgment was mine alone. I apologize and I accept full responsibility for it. … I should have declined the offer. I should have insisted that payment be in a more transparent or more accountable manner. By not doing so I inadvertently created an impression of impropriety on the high office I was privileged to hold.”

“Do you realize, Mr. Mulroney, that the way in which you acted in this matter did not make it appear that it were a legitimate transaction,” said MP Serge Ménard of Bloc Québécois.

Two days earlier, Schreiber testified before the same committee, alleging that Mulroney agreed to accept CAD300,000 to promote a light armored vehicle factory and benefited from the purchase of 34 Airbus aircraft by Air Canada.

“I never received a cent from anyone for services rendered to anyone in connection with the purchase by Air Canada from Airbus of 34 aircraft,” Mulroney said, refuting Schreiber.

Mulroney also attacked Schreiber’s credibility, pointing out that the German could be extradited to his home country where he faces charges. “He succeeded. He got what he wanted … he’s sitting in his mansion over in Rockcliffe,” Mulroney said. “I think he seriously misled every member of this House … with this false affidavit.”

The committee’s investigation will resume in late January, when it is expected to call dozens of witnesses.



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