As hundreds gathered at the Legislature to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting, one dignitary was notably absent.
Premier Brian Pallister did not attend the event, and speaking at a news conference regarding the aerospace industry, Pallister was asked about his absence.
“I’m sorry I missed the vigil. I took my first sick day in about a decade, I think,” the Premier answered. “I don’t think anybody likes to admit they’re sick, I don’t. I wasn’t in Costa Rica, let’s be clear.”
Pallister also shared concerns that changes to the aerospace industry from Ottawa could cost Manitoba a lot of jobs.
He says a proposed law to change the requirements for Air Canada maintenance jobs to be kept in Winnipeg could see work get shipped out to other provinces.
“We are united in our view that any changes to the Air Canada Public Participation Act must provide a net benefit to Manitoba.”
That means Manitoba would want to be compensated through investments in aerospace training.
Pallister is also worried about the federal government looking to buy new Super Hornet fighter jets instead of the planes planned to be purchased by the previous Harper government.
That’s because companies here in Manitoba were already planning for the Lockheed-Martin F35s.
“We are particularly concerned with discussions that the Super Hornet decision might be made without, at minimum, the implementation of a fair, open and transparent tendering process,” Pallister explained.
MLAs unanimously supported a government motion in opposition to Bill C-10, an act to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act.