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Quebec demands AC shows efforts to maintain Aveos operations

April 4, 2012, Quebec - The Quebec government is formally calling on Air Canada to prove its efforts to maintain the Montreal service centre of Aveos Fleet Performance, a former division of the airline that has been shut down.


April 4, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier told a news conference in Quebec City that the carrier had previously given assurances that no maintenance facilities would be dismantled.

He said the company also committed to seek the prior approval of the House of Commons before moving any of its facilities.

The province's Liberal government has ordered the country's largest carrier to clarify how it intends to pursue the activities for which it formally committed itself.

Failure to do so could force the government to seek unspecified legal remedies.

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Fournier says he wants to keep all options and declined to reveal his strategy.

Economic Development Minister Sam Hamad added that discussions are underway with various partners to preserve Aveos' assets and to potentially find a new operator.

The Quebec Federation of Labour's Solidarity Fund is one of the groups trying to revive the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company that employed 2,600 workers across Canada, including 1,800 in Montreal.

Aveos announced plans to liquidate its assets under the Companies Creditors' Arrangement Act on March 20.