Mr. Scott Thorkelson (Edmonton-Strathcona):
Madam Speaker, Air Canada is planning to appeal the decision of the National Transportation Agency to allow AMR Corp. to purchase a portion of Canadian Airlines.
Air Canada has said it believes Canada should have a single airline. Canadians want choice in air travel. They want the Canadian airline industry to be competitive. They want to receive the best possible service at the best possible price.
The federal government must maintain and encourage competition in our airline industry. The government should allow this foreign investment in a Canadian airline. This would provide Canadian airlines with greater access to capital.
This deal would keep thousands of Canadian jobs and would provide Canadian Airlines with the means to be more competitive in our airline industry.
This is in the best interest of Canadians.
Subtopic: AIRLINE INDUSTRY