February 7, 1975 (30th Parliament, 1st Session)


Elmer MacIntosh MacKay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Elmer M. MacKay (Central Nova):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity pursuant to Standing Order 43 concerning the current situation with regard to Air Canada which is worse than most Canadians realize. It becomes a matter of extreme urgency that attention be focused at the earliest possible opportunity on some of the chaotic conditions that are undermining the efficiency and financial stability of our country's national airline. Therefore, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Fraser):
That the Minister of Transport cause the management of Air Canada to appear at the earliest opportunity before the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications to explain, among other things, why the financial section of the company in Winnipeg has a 100 man-year backlog of uncompleted work and has lost irrevocably over $1 million, a heavy percentage of the airline's total deficit for this year, because of poor labour-management communications and relations causing havoc in accounting procedures, and collections despite the best efforts of many Air Canada personnel including the vice president in charge of finance.

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