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Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:29 am Post subject: Globe: Quebec threatens to sue Air Canada, Ottawa
The Quebec government is considering suing Air Canada and the federal government for the loss of nearly 1,800 Montreal jobs after the closing of aircraft repair firm Aveos Fleet Performance Inc.
Members of the Quebec National Assembly voted unanimously on Wednesday to urge the provincial government “to act as soon as possible in taking all legal actions to keep Air Canada maintenance services in Montreal,” in compliance with the 1988 Air Canada Public Participation Act that set out conditions for privatizing the airline.
The federal law imposes certain conditions, notably the requirement that the airline perform maintenance work in Montreal, that its headquarters remain in Montreal and that it offer bilingual services.
Quebec may argue that Ottawa is in non-compliance with the law by refusing to intervene in the Aveos case to force Air Canada to conduct maintenance operations in Montreal.
“We will examine all potential recourses, and these include the possibility of taking legal action against the federal government. We are not closing the door because our first objective is to help the Aveos workers,” Quebec Premier Jean Charest said.
Aveos laid off 2,620 employees and began liquidating assets this week, closing maintenance plants in Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
Quebec’s Liberal government has contacted other provinces to examine the possibility of taking legal action together.
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