Mr. Speaker, as Christmas approaches it is a shame that the 16,000 employees of Canadian Airlines International are once again facing an uncertain future. Not only are their careers being jeopardized, but they are also being used as a bargaining chip in the negotiations between Air Canada and the federal government.
While Canadian Airlines employees face an uncertain future, their current dilemma is not of their making. As a perennial underdog in Canada's air industry, these employees were always able to provide top notch service in often trying and adverse conditions.
Today Canadian's employees continue to display their professionalism and dedication as they serve the travelling public.
The official opposition wants to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of the employees of Canadian Airlines. We urge the federal government and Air Canada to quickly and fairly resolve their differences and provide these individuals with the stability they truly deserve.