The new Manitoba government is not a fan of bill C-10.
The bill would give Air Canada more power over where they have to keep maintenance jobs.
Right now those cities are Winnipeg, Montreal and Mississauga.
Deputy Premier Heather Stefanson is worried about what could happen to Manitoba jobs if the bill passed.
“Air Canada is no longer required to maintain a certain number of jobs in Manitoba. What we want to do is ensure that the federal government ensures there is a net benefit to Manitoba.”
The previous NDP government had an agreement with the airline to build a centre of excellence in Winnipeg, which would bring 150 new jobs. But under the new legislation, Air Canada could pull out of that agreement whenever they pleased.
Multplie MPs in Manitoba have expressed opposition as well to the bill, and Stefanson says she’s also been reaching out to Manitoba’s Liberal cabinet ministers.
“I want to work with them on this. It’s sort of a no-brainer for Manitoba. We need to ensure that these jobs are protected. We know that it’s private sector jobs that create the economic activity in Manitoba to grow our economy.”
Stefanson says her meeting with the House of Commons yesterday went well and hopes the government will take more time to study what she calls the negative impact of passing the bill.