To act as a watchdog for the aviation industry in order to promote public and political awareness of issues jeopardizing safety in Canadian skies. To ensure the necessary controls are in place to protect aviation workers and the travelling public. To advance the need for transparency, integrity and accountability on the part of Transport Canada.
To convince Parliament to add a layer of checks and balances to the regulatory oversight of aviation in Canada by:
- Holding Transport Canada accountable to Canadian Federal Laws by appointing an industry ombudsman, and/or independent and elected legal review board, freely accessible to industry and Transport Canada;
- Holding Transport Canada accountable to the Canadian public by appointing a Commission of Inquiry headed by a superior court judge to conduct periodic judicial review into Canada’s state of national aviation safety and related regulatory infrastructure;
- Ensuring Canada meets its obligations to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) under the Chicago Convention by including elected industry representatives to be on hand during ICAO audits.
To protect the rights of industry workers and the travelling public by:
- Promoting the right to a safe workplace, free of reprisal for reporting safety issues, for aviation workers in both the public and private sectors;
- Ensuring that the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada investigate all accidents that result in death or serious injury of a worker for cause and contributing factors in a timely fashion, and the results made public as they are with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the United States;
- Ensuring that the TSB Aviation Safety Information System (ASIS) is made public as is the NTSB database in the United States;
- Removing Access to Information barriers protecting the privacy of aviation companies operating in Canada; requiring audit findings to be made available and operators to be held accountable to the public.
This mission statement will be reviewed periodically, and amended as required to address objectives as they are achieved, and new issues as they arise.