Aviation Safety Round Table
April 21, 2009
In a landmark event, members of parliament, aviation experts, accident survivors and whistle blowers gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for a round table discussion on the decline of air safety in Canada.
Few Canadians realize that the major airlines are governing themselves, with little if any government oversight. Despite industry protest, Transport Canada is quietly attempting to pass regulations that would make the remaining majority of the aviation industry – the air taxi, commuter and maintenance sectors – essentially responsible for themselves. Already Transport Canada has ceased almost all regulatory oversight in these sectors, which are rife with problems.
Canadians need to know that despite lessons learned from aviation accidents and related problems in the rail industry, Transport Canada has abandoned them and left their lives in the hands of those responsible for profit margins – a dangerous strategy which is likely to have tragic consequences.
Round Table Discussion
Round Table News Conference
OTTAWA: Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) are failing in their duty to protect the safety of Canadians who travel by air and those who work in the industry and there must be a public investigation into how these agencies operate the NDP’s Transport Critic demanded today. More...