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There have been a lot of changes at Bombardier since I joined the company three years ago. Some of these changes and improvements have received a lot of attention, yet some important ones – such as the growth and enhancements to our internship program - have gone overlooked. But just because it hasn’t generated a lot of headlines, make no mistake, our newly refreshed internship program is among the best in the industry.
In a recent letter to the Toronto Sun, Aaron Wudrick uses the sale of the CRJ program as a pretext to argue that Bombardier is “[cashing] out while taxpayers get stiffed.” While Mr. Wudrick is entitled to his opinion on whether or not governments should support strategic industries, he picked the wrong target.
Last week, I was fortunate to be able to attend Aviation Week’s Annual Laureate Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. It was a great event, in part, because Bombardier’s Global 7500 was named the Grand Laureate winner in the Business Aviation category.
Anyone up for some good news about a Canadian business? Bombardier just announced that its new business aircraft - the Global 7500 - set a record for the longest non-stop flight by a business jet - over 8,150 nautical miles.
In a sadly familiar routine, a recent opinion piece in the Globe & Mail on the relationship between another business and the Canadian government devolved into stale and tired cheap shots at Bombardier.
Lee Sander, the new president for the Americas Region, wanted to re-establish the facts and reassert that Bombardier Transportation is a leader in the rail industry. However, the Toronto Star editorial team refused to give us a right of reply.
A self-regulating body that oversees fairness and ethics in the press, the National NewsMedia Council, has issued a formal ruling that a prominent Globe & Mail article on Bombardier was marred by key journalistic flaws and the paper has been ordered to publicly set the record straight.
Today, Bombardier employs more than 69,500 people worldwide, including 23,000 in Canada. This number reflects an increase of almost 3,500 people over last year and puts Bombardier’s total employment around the same level as when we began our five-year turnaround plan in November 2015.
The Globe has every right to make decisions about what they deem newsworthy. But, these decisions reveal much about the paper’s commitment to fairness, balance and objectivity. Moreover, it is a real stretch to see any connection between the company’s use of sales agents and the shareholder proposal for additional disclosure on lobbying activities.
A further story by reporter Geoffrey York on the Gupta investigation again misleads readers about the actual sequence of events at the time the Guptas were vetted for our sale of a business aircraft.