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Meeting No. 18

Thursday, April 3, 2003

The Standing Committee on Transport met in a televised session at 3:11 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Joe Comuzzi, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Larry Bagnell, John Cannis, Joe Comuzzi, Roger Gallaway, Jim Gouk, Mario Laframboise, Marcel Proulx and Lynne Yelich.

Acting Member present: Joe Comartin for Bev Desjarlais.

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament:  John Christopher and June Dewetering, Principal Analysts.

Witnesses: From Air Canada Pilots Association: Donald K. Johnson, President; Capt Jean-Marc Bélanger, Special Advisor. From the Office of the Superintendant of the Financial Institutions of Canada: Nicholas Le Pan, Superintendant. From the Air Transport Association of Canada: Cliff Mackay, President and Chief Executive Officer; Warren Everson, President. From the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Air Canada Component : Pamela Sachs, President; Richard Balnis, Director of Research. From the Air Line Pilots Association, International: Capt Kent Hardisty, President, Canada Board; Capt Steven Linthwaite, Representative, Air Canada Jazz; Art LaFlamme, Senior Representative, Canada. From the Air Transat: Philippe Sureau, Executive Vice President, Transat A.T. Inc.; Bernard Buissières, Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel - Transat A.T. Inc.; George Petsikas, Director, Government and Industry Affairs. From the Teamsters Canada: Robert Bouvier, President; François Laporte, Director, Government Affairs; Phil Benson, Lobbyist; Michael Crawford, Coordinator, Airline Division; Janet Pamenter, Commercial Representative. From the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies: Marc-André Charlebois, President; Martin Taller, Vice-President, Policy, General Manager, Eastern Canada.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), Examination of the viability of the Airline Industry in Canada.

Jean-Marc Bélanger and Donald K. Johnson answered questions.

Nicholas LePan made a statement and answered questions.

Cliff Mackay and Warren Everson made statements and answered questions.

Pamela Sachs made a statement and, with Richard Balnis, answered questions.

Kent Hardisty made an opening statement and answered questions.

At 6:10 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 7:03 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Philippe Sureau made a statement and answered questions.

Robert Bouvier made a statement and, with François Laporte answered questions.

Marc-André Charlebois made a statement and answered questions.

At 8:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Eugene Morawski
Committee Clerk