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Why the CEO of a small N.L. airline wants the federal government to bail out the big guys

Patrick White says he understands why many Canadians aren’t particularly fond of big airlines like Air Canada and WestJet — but he worries that if they can’t make ends meet, the whole system will fall apart.

White is the CEO of EVAS, a small aviation company that operates out of Gander, N.L. He recently wrote a letter to the prime minister advocating a federal bailout of $5- to $7-billion for Canada’s national airlines.