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Axworthy weighs in on AC’s Winnipeg hotel snub

Oct. 6, 2011, Winnipeg - The president of the University of Winnipeg is adding his voice to criticism of Air Canada's decision to stop using the city's downtown hotels for crew layovers.


October 6, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Lloyd Axworthy, a former federal Liberal cabinet minister, has written a letter to the airline demanding an apology.

He says the airline has damaged Winnipeg's reputation and perpetuates negative stereotypes about aboriginal people.

An internal Air Canada memo said crews would be staying at an airport hotel due to security concerns downtown where 1,000 displaced people from rural Manitoba are staying.

Manitoba's chiefs say the memo is racist and have demanded a retraction.

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Air Canada has said it didn't intend to offend anyone.