|Several people seem to have misconstrued my comments so in keeping with the Dr. Zeuss theme, I'll try to break them down and hopefully get my point across a bit better.
The Initial 'Big Picture' Problem: Several years ago, Sunwing started to get a little silly and created a huge imbalance in the number of European pilots coming to Canada in the winter versus the number of Canadian pilots who were working in Europe during the summer. People took notice. People didn't like it. Based on the majority of the comments that I've read on avcanada, people didn't mind that European pilots were working in Canada. They just wanted to see it as a 1:1 Reciprocity program.
The Realization: People who didn't like what Sunwing was doing started looking at the rules and regulations governing the various programs that Sunwing was using to bring in the Europeans. They came to the conclusion that what Sunwing was doing was illegal (based on their interpretation of the law) and that Sunwing was counting the number of pilots it was sending to Europe several times over in order to satisfy the requirements of the various programs.
The New Problem: Now people became much more focussed on the small stuff. The legal language... TFWP/FLVC programs versus wet-lease programs... CARs regulations... all that kind of stuff. The big picture problem - "Let's work towards getting 1:1 Reciprocity" took a back seat to "This is legal, this isn't, this is a loophole, this isn't".
The Potential Solution: As was mentioned in several posts here, it looks like the rules and regulations are being modified to allow for Sunwing to continue to bring in European pilots to help deal with the peak demand in the winter season. The key is that the focus is going to be placed back on the 1:1 Reciprocity. However based on the latest information, it looks like the method by which that will happen is by allowing a wet lease for wet lease swap program.
The Point of my Initial Post: Are we lawyers or pilots?? People seem to have forgotten that the big picture problem is the desire for 1:1 reciprocity in any European exchange program. Should anyone outside of Sunwing really care if the way that happens is through a TFWP/FLVC program or through a wet lease for wet lease swap program? If you are a Canadian pilot with no attachment, than no, you shouldn't. As long as the legal language is modified to make it black and white legal, that should be all that matters. Regardless of the 'how', you should just be happy that the 1:1 reciprocity is going to be enforced. This solves the big picture problem.
The post that I originally replied to made mention of how the poster figured the future would be 15 Sunwing Airplanes deploying to Europe and 15 airplanes worth or Europeans deploying to Canada each winter. This would be 1:1 reciprocity and require the hiring of more Canadian pilots to support the operation. This is a very good thing indeed. However, a large number of people on here seem to think that a wet lease for wet lease swap program is the way that this should happen. My point is that for any Canadian pilot who is, or hopes to be, employed by Sunwing, this is the worst possible scenario. What would be much better is the historical way of doing things where we send wet leases to Europe and the Europeans comes to Canada under the TFWP/FLVC program. For the quality of life of all Canadian pilots at Sunwing, this is the best solution. Would the impact of modifying the TFWP/FLVC legislation versus modifying the legislation around wet leases be any different to anyone employed outside of Sunwing? Not a bit... It would still be enforcing 1:1 reciprocity and the 'big picture problem' would still be resolved. Would the impact of modifying the TFWP/FLVC legislation versus modifying the legislation around wet leases have a huge impact for those employed at Sunwing?? Absolutely.
People here seem to have turned their attention towards hating on the TFWP/FLVC program more than a wet lease program because it's seen as being "more illegal" and therefore worthy of more shunning. But the wonderful thing with legislation is that it can be modified so that the spirit behind it can be honoured. The point behind my post is that the people who have been advocating tirelessly for 1:1 Reciprocity should not automatically dismiss changes to the TFWP/FLVC program just because it's the easiest program to hate. Take the time to talk to the people whose lives it will actually impact (after all, we should all want what's best for EVERY Canadian pilot, shouldn't we?) when advocating for solutions. The goal has always been 1:1. The black and white behind it that permits it to happen, shouldn't really matter to the majority as long as the law is followed. However to the (soon to be) 250 Canadian pilots working at Sunwing, it most certainly does!