I wouldn't really use the word pride, especially not for Air Canada, though when you're even just a short distance outta the country, seems it's real easy for it to be associated with you to some extent with the locals. It's a big airline for the population of the country, maybe disproportionately so probably due to the enormity of the size of the territory and proximity of so much of its business outside of domestic territory (but then maybe that's why airlines like QF, NZ, KL, even SQ and CX are 'disproportionately large' for their respective home territories, as well. So not exactly a unique occurrence).
It's been the recipient of a fair amount of scorn from the citizenry, going back to even the '70s (in the 60s it was still too new, and whizzy), which continues to this day in various forms, now that it's swallowed dear old PWA and Canadian. (even the older guys, CP Air and Wardair, sort of still folded up in all of this. Wasn't that long ago).
There is still kind of a long way ahead for the overall situation, though at least now AC's being criticised more on business terms then on the government pork-barrel terms of yesteryear. And I think it's good that they're under a bit of stress right now just so they don't get the idea that they run the country (or even zee vuhld
after they swallowed up Canadian. I'd sort of like to see the new-and-likely-not-improved 'discount carrier' not do so well, especially now that it's revealed the darn thing's to be run out of Vancouver, not in the East where it oughtta be. Being out West it just looks all too blatant that it's out to sink Westjet more than serve any real market needs. So I hope it encounters financial --if not sentimental-- difficulties if that's its game plan.
I hope the other guys stick around to keep AC honest the next few years, even Transat which seems to be having a few technical issues, these days (boy was that ever a close one, on Friday).