yzfElite wrote:Yet nobody blinks when WS shows up in YQX and cancels after the summer or PD to YYT or WS to YXY for summers only. AC have managed to shoot themselves in the foot enough times to deserve the bad pr, but they are just a company trying to make a profit like any other. WS served YYG with a government subsidy to maintain service and YEG is king famous for enticing airlines other than AC. If folks want service they have to use it or pay for it.
In fairness to WS, they don’t roll out obsolete notions like claiming to be the “Canadian champion” either. One would have thought that the experience with that other “Canadian champion” - Bombardier - would have rendered the concept obsolete for good, but I guess AC is still embracing it - as is evident in this thread.
The problem with the “Canadian Champion” approach is that it conflates what’s good for AC with what’s good for Canada/Canadian taxpayers. The flaws are obvious; it stands to reason that many things that are good for AC are not necessarily good for Canadians, and vice versa.
If AC wants to be treated like any other private airline in a market economy, then it should drop the “Canadian champion” pretense that it’s been using to demand favourable treatment on issues of competition, for example (as noted by then-Competition Commissioner Aitkens). WS, by contrast, has kept its powder dry. Not that it is, in any sense, a better (or worse) airline.
(All of) That said, I agree with AC’s decision here. If no one is flying those routes, no reason to keep them. If people want to live in the back of beyond, the onus is on them to figure out how to get around. Maybe start their own airline or two, like the Territories have.
It is going to be interesting to watch how TC tries to square its apparent embrace of the “AC as a Canadian Champion” approach with the reality of unaligned AC and national goals. Maybe this COVID reset will succeed where the Emerson report failed - in getting TC to finally discard its 1970s mindset - “Canadian champions“, 3 weekly frequencies etc).
GSP psgr wrote:The political angle on this is that the Trudeau government wants to eventually win back a majority government, largely through winning a bunch more seats in Quebec. Being perceived as fighting for air service to the Quebec regions is good politics for them, and it's a good fight to pick. AC's eventually going to need some government assistance, and this may be the price of said assistance.
Indeed. The job cuts were also rumoured to be about putting pressure on the government to hand out money. Playing politics is a dangerous game though. While some parts of the Liberal party seem to have (at least temporarily) bought into the TC way of doing things - i.e. whats good for Canadian airlines is good for Canadians - there is some history here. I’m sure some Liberal activists remember AC’s foray into partisan politics under the previous government.
“The fact that Air Canada's COO is a former Liberal staffer is interesting but absolutely beside the point here. He's decided his friends are the Conservatives ... and the Liberals are an enemy who need to be attacked.”
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