Given that the story was printed in the National Post, I don't know what to think of it, it always seems to me the National Post has some pretty strong biases. Also, I think BA is posturing, lobbying, and presenting the worst case scenario. The example they gave was YOW-YYZ, I believe, but I am of the understanding that BA used to use CP flights direct on YOW-LHR to serve that market and also had a bus service to YUL, so where is the loss of feed? Same thing goes for YYC-YVR that they mentioned. Also, I understand that the pricing from AC for BA connections is somewhat a flat rate (not sure on that, but I have heard it elsewhere) so that cost isn't so bad on a YYC-YYZ leg if they made the connection like that. Also, BA has the option to work with Via Rail to provide connections to YUL from Ottawa, Quebec City, and so on. I have to say, I think this is pretty political. Also, CP was losing a lot of money and tried to generate cash by sometimes pricing lower than they should have. Also, my feelings towards BA are that if they want the traffic, they can fly the routes- they have authority to fly anywhere between Canada and the UK that they like. Shoot, they could even fly routes like YEG-YYC-LHR and just not be able to carry local passengers on the YYC-YEG leg, if they really wanted. They can complain as they like, but I don't give them too much sympathy. After all, Virgin Atlantic has said they want to fly some routes into Canada, BA wouldn't dare pull out for competitve reasons so I think it's hot air they're blowing.
Also interesting, their spokesman was Mr. Jeff Angel- didn't he used to be with CP?