Mr. Chair, for months now, thousands of consumers who need money to pay their bills have been fighting against airlines and the government to have their rights respected: three class action suits, a unanimous motion by the National Assembly and over 30,000 signatures on a petition calling for reimbursement for cancelled flights. It isn't a whim to enforce the law.
Air Canada, which confiscated $2.6 billion from its customers, received more than $800 million from Ottawa without any conditions. Yet, the company has a year's worth of cash in reserve, $6 billion in its coffers, and is in the process of raising more than $1.4 billion in the financial markets. Air Canada has the means to reimburse citizens. It has the money it needs.
We're tired of the Minister of Transport's crocodile tears. I consulted the bankruptcy directory this morning and didn't see any airlines listed. Now is the time to work for the people.