Commissionaires lose Halifax airport security contract

Commissionaires Nova Scotia provides airport with 161 security guards, 95 of them full-time

By Preston Mulligan, CBC News

After 56 years of providing security at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the commissionaires are being replaced.

The Halifax International Airport Authority opened the contract up to competition earlier this year and Commissionaires Nova Scotia was one of six losing bidders.

"It comes as a shock that we didn't maintain the contract," said commissionaire Gary Toohey, a veteran and the Public Service Alliance of Canada president for local 85100. "They'll lose the experience and the skill set that us as veterans and the other personnel bring," he said.

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