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Last Friday, the United States International Trade Commission rejected Boeing's complaint. A few days after this victory, Michel Girard, columnist for the Journal de Montréal, published an ill-informed analysis stating that the partnership in which Airbus is to acquire 50.01% of the C Series program was a mistake...
We cannot blame Pierre-Yves McSween for his lack of interest in Bombardier. However, we must underline his slanted view, many speculations and especially his refusal to recognize the progress made by the company since 2015.
A recent follow-up opinion column in the Globe & Mail argues that “Canadian ethics should follow Bombardier wherever it goes.” In that, we emphatically agree and suggest the same standard be applied to coverage of our company. And, we are glad to see that others agree.
Groundbreaking journalism often requires “shoe-leather reporting” – reporters burning holes in their footwear in search of a good story. At the same time, other major stories sit in plain sight but are passed over or ignored.
I grew up in Boston, a life-long Red Sox fan. Like every other fan who endured any part of the franchise’s legendary 86-year title drought, my pain was amplified by the gallons of ink journalists spilled explaining why the franchise was “cursed.” But, when the Red Sox finally won the World Series in 2004, all curse-related conversations were confined to retrospectives… That is to say that when the facts changed, the coverage and commentary rightfully changed.
To be clear, Bombardier does want to be the global leader in each of our market segments. We want to grow, profitably, responsibly and ethically. This is our commitment to our shareholders, our employees and ourselves.
The Globe and Mail ran a story this weekend titled “Bombardier's new Russian locomotive project has Kremlin connections”, but if you go by their actual reporting the headline should have been “Bombardier’s new Russian locomotive project is in full compliance with all laws and regulations.”
We’ve all seen it; coverage that contains obvious bias, unsupported assumptions and missing facts. While traditional media provides some ways to address these issues - corrections, editor’s notes, and letters to the editor - in our current digital environment these tools are no longer enough. That’s why we’ve created this platform; to better inform and communicate with you and to respond more effectively to bias and inaccuracies in the media.
Last month, the Toronto Star published a front-page article that was highly critical of our company.We believe the story was flawed in that it failed to give a fair accounting of the progress Bombardier has made executing its turn-around plan over the past two years. Rather, the story essentially ended its reporting as of 2015.
We at Bombardier did not expect Boeing to welcome the C Series. We were, however, very disappointed that Boeing would make so many false claims in its petition to the U.S. government. We have an obligation, on behalf of our customers, the flying public and the tens of thousands of jobs that depend on the C Series in Canada and the United States, to set the public record straight.