A Manitoba MP is crying discrimination after two aboriginal women were not allowed to board a plane with her, even though they had tickets.
Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding for the NDP, said Gail and Joyce Nepinak were scheduled to fly to Ottawa from Winnipeg with her on Sunday evening.
The Nepinaks had been invited by the House of Commons to speak at the special committee on missing and murdered indigenous women on Monday.
It is the first time the committee will hear from families.
Gail and Joyce don't have driver's licences or any other government-issued ID, which is required by airlines for passengers to board.I have flown with less ID than the Nepinaks carry. I don't drive so I don't have a driver's license, but I have flown multiple times since 9/11 with no problem whatsoever. The rules seem to be different depending on some unknown *cough* racism *cough* factor.
Air Canada would not accept the Nepinaks' health cards, bank cards, their electronic boarding passes, a House of Commons invitation, or even Ashton vouching for them.
This is what our country is now, this is what Canada has become, and we are letting it happen.