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Employment Minister Jason Kenney speaks to the media as MP Joyce Bateman looks on after a tour of the GE Aviation Engine Testing, Research & Development Centre in Winnipeg Monday.

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Re: Kenney tours city's aerospace facilities (Aug. 5). I wonder if federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney happened to notice the now-empty Air Canada maintenance facility on the western edge of the James Richardson International Airport? If he did, did he think to ask why the building is now empty?

Air Canada fled the city in 2012 when their arms-length shell company AVEOS Fleet Performance folded up operations across Canada and threw 2,600 highly skilled and trained maintenance employees to the curb.

It's a shame that with all the talk on skills development and training in aerospace in Winnipeg, Kenney has not challenged Air Canada to once again open the doors to this facility and abide by the Air Canada Public Participation Act designed to ensure that maintenance work would stay in Winnipeg (and other maintenance bases) and not allow work to go to work centres in Duluth, Minn. or Nashville, Tenn.

Mike Maskell

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 6, 2014 A8

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