Airline: The Last Six Months
Of Federal Activity

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This is a computer-generated report that shows all of the federal activity with respect to the keyword "Airline" over the last six months. This is a demonstration of the power of our government relations automation software.

Hansard

House: 38 Speeches
Senate: 3 Speeches

House Senate

Bills

Active: 0

Regulations

Filed: 0
Proposed: 0

The House

Greg Fergus (Liberal)

March 21st
Hansard Link

Business of Supply

“...es that the rights of Canadian air travellers need to be made clearer and fairer for passengers and airlines. That is why the Minister of Transport is establishing more predictable and reasonable air passenger rights. To that end he will introduce a bill mandating the Canadian Transportation Agency to develop regulations that would create a new air passenger bill of rights.

Although the exact details are established by the Agency's regulatory process, the new bill of rights will establish clear standards for treating people travelling with children and travellers who end up in trying situations, such as flight delays or cancellations, which will also include compensation in some cases.

The bill of rights will also ensure that passengers are clearly informed of their rights and will allow Transport Canada to gather more data on airline performance. The government intends to take a balanced approach in this file by assuring the airlines that their ability to compete will not be compromised and that they will not be made to bear an excessive burden that could potentially affect the cost of air travel. (1205) [English]

The transport minister will pursue legislative changes to allow international investors to own up to 49% of the voting shares of Canadian air carriers, which is up from the current 25%.

As some members may know, other countries have different approaches to international ownership of air carriers. It is important to ensure that Canadian carriers compete on a level playing field. To protect the competitiveness of our air sector and support connectivity, no single international investor or any combination of international air carriers will be allowed to own more than 25%.

Liberalizing international ownership restrictions means that Canadian air carriers will have access to more investment capital, allowing them the opportunity to be better funded. This new measure is expected to facilitate more competition in the Canadian air sector, and lead to more choice and lower prices for Canadians, as well as benefits for airports and suppliers, including new employment opportunities.

In the interim, in December of last year, the minister granted exemptions to the current international ownership restrictions to two companies that are looking to establish new ultra-low-cost carriers: Canada Jetlines in Vancouver and Calgary's Enerjet. This action is intended to allow these companies to go ahead with their financing efforts while the new legislation is being developed. [Translation]

Furthermore, as he announced in November 2016, the Minister of Transport remains determined to establish world-class service standards for aviation screening in Canadian airports.

Also, the government continues to improve the experience of air passengers by negotiating new and expanded air transport agreements with international partners, which will enable airlines to expand Canada's links to the rest of the world.

Air transport agreements provide Canadian passengers with access to more airlines, destinations, and flights.

Canada has signed air transport agreements with 120 bilateral partners. In recent months we have expanded our air transport agreements with key aviation partners such as Mexico, China, and Australia. These expansion efforts made it possible for Air Canada to launch daily service between Vancouver and Brisbane, Australia, in 2016.

In closing, I want to point out that the experience of Canadian air passengers is an important priority for the Government of Canada. The initiatives that I have just described contribute greatly to improving the experience of Canadian passengers. They will help lower prices, provide more choice, improve connectivity, and clarify the rights of air passengers while ensuring the viability and competitiveness of Canadian airlines.”

Matthew Dubé (NDP)

March 21st
Hansard Link

Business of Supply

“...ublic infrastructure and charge more fees to consumers. This will also have a significant impact on airlines.

My riding is on Montreal's south shore. My constituents can go to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau, or they can go to U.S. airports to avoid paying what they see as sky-high prices. Many people choose the latter. Airport authorities and airlines say that privatization will make things even worse. Instead of departing from Canadian airp...”

Thomas Mulcair (NDP)

March 20th
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...re. They never talked about it. Airport privatization is no small detail. It will increase fees for airline passengers across Canada.

Either the Prime Minister is making it up as he goes or he a...”

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

March 9th
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...r air passengers. Those are the factors that guide us in our decisions with respect to airports and airlines.”

Pierre-Luc Dusseault (NDP)

March 9th
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Adjournment Proceedings

“... and others are ready to move forward. Sherbrooke had even signed an agreement in principle with an airline for commercial flights. Unfortunately, one of the conditions of the agreement was that secur...”

Karen McCrimmon (Liberal)

March 9th
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Adjournment Proceedings

“...creening services from CATSA. Many of them have indicated that security screening will help attract airlines that could then offer routes to larger, designated airports, thereby increasing the airport...”

Pierre-Luc Dusseault (NDP)

March 9th
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Adjournment Proceedings

“...or that.

She clearly understands the issue, which is that there is very little chance that an airline will decide to establish an air link between a non-designated airport and a designated one. That is the main problem for Sherbrooke. We have had difficultly getting air links for a long time because the airlines are not interested in landing in Sherbrooke, as my colleague said.

I am therefore won...”

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

March 8th
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Oral Questions

“...giving them a bill of rights. That is what is motivating us when we talk about our airports and our airlines.”

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

March 8th
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...ard the fact that we made the decision last November to increase the international ownership in our airlines from 25% to 49% in order to increase competition. I also announced at that time a bill of r...”

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

March 8th
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...ve rights. Improving passenger service is what motivates us when we talk about our airports and our airlines.”

Ralph Goodale (Liberal)

March 6th
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Government Orders

“..., but they are specifically not carried when those CBSA officers are dealing with passengers inside airline terminals. That is the rule that applies to CBSA. Governed by the principle of reciprocity, that is exactly the same rule that will apply to U.S. officers operating in Canada. They will not carry firearms when they are dealing with passengers inside airline terminals. That is the principle of reciprocity, and it is perfectly mutual in all respects ...”

Rachael Harder (Conservative)

March 6th
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Government Orders

“... pre-clear passengers starting with a pilot project in 1952. A formal pre-clearance arrangement for airline passengers was then signed in 1974, with further implementing legislation in the 1999 Precle...”

Kelly McCauley (Conservative)

March 6th
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Government Orders

“...dividuals so that we can be certain of the financial implications of this legislation.

Third, airlines and air carriers are important stakeholders with respect to border security and public safety, and this legislation would impact their operations. Given that airlines are a critical stakeholder affected by this bill, we have to ensure that they are substanti...”

Chandra Arya (Liberal)

March 6th
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...nada. As well, some pre-inspection sites serve rail and cruise ship lines on the west coast. In the airline industry alone, every year some 12 million passengers are pre-screened before boarding planes in Canada, avoiding lengthy customs lines in the U.S. and improving air security. It also allows airlines and travellers to gain direct access from Canada to airports in the U.S. that do not have local customs facilities.

We know that pre-clearance already provides tangible economic benefits to our national and local economies while enhancing security and border integrity. It only makes sense to find ways to make these benefits available to a greater number of Canadians. That is exactly what Bill C-23 would do.

This legislation would replace the current Preclearance Act, 1999, which only applies to air transportation. In doing so, it would preserve the benefits of the existing regime for air travellers and the airline industry while opening up opportunities for pre-clearance in other modes of travel, as well ...”

Candice Bergen (Conservative)

February 23rd
Hansard Link

Statements by Members

“...t we as Manitoba MPs and all of their customers were helped and listened to.

We all know that airlines can be frustrating at times, but people like Glenn, Janice, and Don make the experience a g...”

James Bezan (Conservative)

February 22nd
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...Canadians went through pre-clearance when travelling to the United States. This is significant. Our airlines want this. More airports and train stations want to capitalize on this. We look forward to ...”

James Bezan (Conservative)

February 22nd
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Government Orders

“...ets the need of what Canada wants, which is more pre-clearance operations across the country so our airline companies, our railways, those who do business, those who tour around, have the opportunity ...”

Randeep Sarai (Liberal)

February 22nd
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...rom Canada to the U.S. It has opened new markets for business and tourism by making it possible for airlines to fly directly to smaller U.S. airports that do not have their own customs operations on s...”

Tony Clement (Conservative)

February 21st
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Government Orders

“...rtant stakeholders, such as civil liberties groups, the Customs and Immigration Union, the National Airlines Council of Canada, important groups that deal with the issues raised in this legislation ea...”

Michel Picard (Liberal)

February 21st
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...rtening connection times and adding some predictability to their travel plans.

Passengers and airlines also benefit from the fact that they can now fly directly to domestic airports in the U.S. ...”

Diane Finley (Conservative)

February 8th
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Oral Questions

“...wed the expansion of the runway at Billy Bishop Airport. If the Liberals had done that, then Porter Airlines would have bought more C-Series planes from Bombardier, and Bombardier could have made its ...”

Darshan Singh Kang (Liberal)

February 8th
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...t. It is going to take time. Mr. Lougheed tried to diversify the economy. He bought Pacific Western Airlines and Telus and tried to diversify the economy. It is not going to happen overnight. He had s...”

David Yurdiga (Conservative)

February 7th
Hansard Link

Statements by Members

“Mr. Speaker, today I would like to pay tribute to WestJet airlines for a truly remarkable Christmas surprise and for its heroic evacuation efforts during the ...”

Ahmed Hussen (Liberal)

January 31st
Hansard Link

S. O. 52

“...e situation closely with the Minister of Transport and his department who are in daily contact with airlines on these matters. (1935)

To reiterate, we were advised by United States authorities ...”

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

December 6th
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...s. In the case of airports, we will certainly not do anything unless it is in the best interests of airline passengers. When it comes to our ports, which are extremely important economic drivers, once...”

Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois)

December 2nd
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...Are internet service providers going to ask the same? Are we no longer going to be able to go after airlines to get our flight reimbursed if it is cancelled? Is that it?

Our amendment resolves a...”

Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois)

December 2nd
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...ent to protect them from the Consumer Protection Act. Then Internet providers, cable companies, and airlines will be doing the same.

I am asking the minister of high finance and his private secr...”

David de Burgh Graham (Liberal)

December 1st
Hansard Link

Business of Supply

“...ion of Cuba's 3.5 million international visitors were Canadian tourists.

Every major Canadian airline flies to Cuba, and a Canadian company operates 13 hotels on the island. According to Cuban statistics from 2008, Canada is Cubas's second largest source of direct foreign investment after Spain.

Sherritt International, which is active in the mining, oil and gas, and hydro development sectors, is Cuba's second largest foreign investor, with an estimated total investment of $3 billion. We do not have official figures on non-mining-related Canadian investments, but Canadian firms are also known for investing heavily in food production.

Ever since the Obama administration announced its intention to restore relations between the United States and Cuba, Canadian interest in the market has grown significantly. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service has received 160% more requests for information from Canadian companies. Cuban government representatives are excited about Canadian investment and trade and have always sought to boost Canadian companies' participation in the Cuban market.

Everyone knows that getting into the Cuban market is not without its challenges. Operations and market approvals still get bogged down by excessive red tape in Cuba. The U.S. embargo is still an obstacle for Canadian companies wishing to do business in Cuba, particularly those whose products have American components or that have major interests in the United States.

The embargo, along with Cuba's poor credit risk assessment, makes financing tricky to arrange with Cuba. Canada has always been and will continue to be outspoken about its opposition to the American embargo. Another obstacle to increased Canadian investment and trade with Cuba is the lack of access to insurance and financing products.

Despite these obstacles, Canada has a number of competitors on the Cuban market, including Brazil, China, Spain, and Mexico, who recognize the market's obvious potential.

In an effort to attract inward foreign direct investment, Cuba undertook major economic reforms over the past two years. Cuba decided that these reforms would help spur the economy, create wealth among the population, and provide and improve key social services for Cubans.

While progress has been rather slow, these economic reforms are far-reaching. They have led to the establishment of a small private sector, enhanced the role of co-operatives in the economy, allowed banks to provide credit to individuals and private companies, attracted more foreign investment, and made public corporations more accountable. (1235)

At the same time, Cuba tried to improve its international credit rating by meeting its financial obligations with respect to payments and outstanding debt. The December 2015 agreement that Cuba concluded with international lenders, through the Paris club, will further contribute to rebuilding its financial image.

Even though we do not anticipate that Cuba will fully engage in liberal reforms in the short term, these measures are positive signs for the future of the country's economic growth. They illustrate an understanding of the fact that economic reform to stimulate growth requires thinking outside the box.

Along with the regulatory changes in the U.S. that have been reducing the scope of the U.S. embargo over the past two years, the reforms will make things a little easier for foreign companies that want to set up in Cuba and could introduce more cash flow. As such, the reform process could also present new opportunities for Canadian exporters. In the short term, we are taking steps to better prepare Canada to engage with Cuba in a post-reform and post-embargo era.

Since December 2014, the world seems to have taken notice of Cuba and of its potential. Not a week goes by without a foreign delegation together with a commercial delegation, a list of bilateral agreements, and a credit facility arriving in Cuba. These missions have become a symbol of the world's interest in Cuba. Competition is heating up on this market.

Canada has programs to help Canadian businesses penetrate the Cuban market. Even though Export Development Canada, EDC, considers Cuba to be a high risk market, it has established stable relations with the Cuban government and several Cuban financial institutions, and it has helped Canadian exporters do business in Cuba through Canadian banks with a presence in Cuba.

The Canadian Commercial Corporation, the CCC, has had success in Cuba. Since 1991, it has facilitated export sales of almost $1 billion in Cuba.

With respect to bilateral agreements in support of our trade commitments, Canadian and Cuban negotiators managed to reach an agreement in May 2015 to expand the Canada-Cuba air transport agreement. Cuba is Canada's third largest international air travel market and all major airlines fly there. Canadian and Cuban spokespersons are talking about ways to reduce obstacles to f...”

Navdeep Bains (Liberal)

November 21st
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...that will benefit from those investments. There is development of a new product line for use in the airline industry, Dakota Supplies, in Alberta, for example, that will create nine jobs. That—”

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

October 31st
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“... made and, if a decision is made, it will be in the best interests of travellers, airports, and our airlines.”

Marc Garneau (Liberal)

October 25th
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...aintaining the priority of protecting consumers' and Canadians' interests with respect to airports, airlines, and what is important to them. We are examining this issue, but definitely have not made a...”

Larry Bagnell (Liberal)

October 6th
Hansard Link

Orders of the Day

“...and still would not get time in my constituency, because it is a 14-hour trip. I have to take three airlines.

As for my eleventh point, to be fair to all Canadians, I personally think there shou...”

Kelly Block (Conservative)

October 5th
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...competes on just about everything. Canadian railways compete with U.S. railroads and U.S. trucking. Airlines, which already lose five million passengers per year to border airports, compete with inter...”

James Bezan (Conservative)

October 3rd
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, despite confirmation that the Russians downed Malaysia Airlines MH17, the Liberals are still pursuing their asinine policy of normalizing relations with Ru...”

Jim Eglinski (Conservative)

October 3rd
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...industry sponsors of the Bio Mile and Clean Energy Technology Centre is WestJet. This Alberta-based airline understands that we need to address greenhouse gas emissions as it pertains to the airline industry as a whole. I feel confident that Air Canada and others do as well.

There is ...”

Jim Eglinski (Conservative)

October 3rd
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“... large impact. It is going to hurt industry.

As a former commercial pilot, I know that in the airline industry, a carrier like WestJet is probably going to be looking at $2 million or more just ...”

Harold Albrecht (Conservative)

September 30th
Hansard Link

Oral Questions

“...aker, the Waterloo International Airport wants the Liberals to raise the foreign ownership limit of airlines to 49%. This will allow low-cost airlines to start up in Canada and will create thousands of jobs.

The minister said a decision...”

Stéphane Dion (Liberal)

September 28th
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Oral Questions

“...ider the interim findings of the independent joint investigation team into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, we are reminded of the unspeakable suffering caused by this tragic attack. The...”


The Senate

Hon. Tony Dean

February 14th
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Canada Labour Code Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Suspended

“...imple majority of those choosing to vote. A recent failed certification process at a major Canadian airline, in which the employer was actively involved in challenging evidence of employee support, ha...”

Senator Mockler

December 1st
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Pipeline Safety Inquiry—Debate Adjourned

“...s imperative for Canada. Building the St. Lawrence Seaway was imperative for Canada. Building our airline services, the Auto Pact and aerospace industry was important to making Canada what we are t...”

Hon. Daniel Lang

October 19th
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Canada Border Services Agency Act Bill to Amend—Sixth Report of National Security and Defence Committee—Debate Adjourned

“...n context, the Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for screening approximately 24 million airline passengers per year, as well as millions of others who enter Canada at our land borders. Th...”


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