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This article was published 7/10/2011 (2144 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Last weekend Air Canada shocked the heck out of a lot of people when the corporation suddenly decided the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg was no longer safe enough for its pilots.
No matter that the pilots themselves don't seem to have complained and the only incident Air Canada could point to was some flight attendants having things stolen from in front of the hotel. (Which kind of begs the question why someone would leave their belongings out of their sight in any major city. . .)
Air Canada said it had done a safety audit with the Winnipeg Police. Winnipeg Police said it wasn't done yet.
Air Canada said it wasn't meaning to be racist or offend any particular group but it's reason for leaving was the presence of 1,000 people displaced from rural Manitoba, which anyone knows refers to residents of First nations forced to live in hotel rooms for months because their own homes were destroyed by the floods last spring.
Yes, compassion is Air Canada's middle name.
Apparently, however, the Radisson isn't such a scary place after all.
Premier Greg Selinger spent Tuesday evening watching the election returns from a room in the Radisson.
What a shock. He survived.
The plan to use the hotel came before Air Canada's kerfuffle. The NDP headquarters are right next door.
But it's still a bit of a vote of confidence from the premier - inadvertent or not - that downtown Winnipeg is not the big bad scary place to be Air Canada has claimed.
If it's safe enough for a premier, I'm pretty sure it's safe enough for the pilots.