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article imageCanadian PM, Emirates Airline President get into heated exchange

By Andrew Moran     Jan 9, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently stated in an interview that the United Arab Emirates government subsidizes Emirates Airline. Meanwhile, Emirates Airline President Tim Clark took a shot at Harper and the Canadian media.
First the United Arab Emirates government kicked Canadian forces out of Dubai and Camp Mirage. Then the UAE imposed a $1,000 price tag for six-month visas to enter the UAE. Now the Canadian Prime Minister could get into it with the UAE airlines.
During an interview with QMI Agency, Prime Minister Harper discussed the fiasco between the governments of Canada and the UAE. Following his comments on foreign policy, it was mentioned that the UAE subsidizes Emirates Airline, even though they deny those accusations.
“When we, as a country, offer to be part of a international mission to help protect global security, then somebody comes along and uses that to try and leverage demands on our domestic airline industry, I don’t think that’s a situation we, as a country, want to be in,” said the Prime Minister in a rare, exclusive interview.
United Arab Emirates Map
United Arab Emirates Map
“What this teaches us in future and when we’re looking at other options is: Don’t get in a place where somebody’s going to try and use it to leverage some unrelated issue.”
On Sunday, Emirates Airline President Tim Clark issued a press release and stated that Harper’s comments Friday “mark the latest round in what has become a Groundhog Day cycle of myths and misrepresentation of Emirates Airline.”
Clark went onto say that he challenges any member of the Canadian government to “produce one shred of evidence” to prove that Emirates Airline is subsidized by the UAE government. Clark says these “false accusations” are consistently “repeated” as fact by the Canadian media.
“We have stated on many occasions that Emirates is not subsidised in any way, shape or form by the Dubai government: it never has been and never will be,” continued Clark. “Our financial statements audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest accounting firm, confirm that there is no evidence of subsidisation whatsoever. These accounts have been made freely available to the public through Emirates' website (www.emirates.com) and they clearly demonstrate that we do not receive any direct or indirect subsidies.”
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