Mr. Speaker, the hon. member had asked in his original question about whether our economy is weak or strong. I think it is accurate to say that our economy is recovering. It is getting stronger, and a work stoppage at Air Canada would have interfered with that recovery.
As we said numerous times about the work stoppage, not only would it have an impact on families, but the cost to our economy would have been in the range of about $22.4 million a week. This was completely unacceptable. Would an economy that was stronger be able to handle this impact? I am glad we never had to find out.