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View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
If the committee is in agreement, I'd like to move a motion regarding travel for the committee in September. I think everybody has the motion in front of them.
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Without getting into the historical aspect, when the airports were divested, what was the mandate or the goal of the divestiture?
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Actually, I loved your choice of words earlier, your “hodgepodge of ad hocery”. I promise never to forget it.
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Not a chance.
I ask this question because I've been on the transport committee since 1997. As more and more time passed, we would hear the different stories coming out of the airports of what was happening at the airports. It wasn't until this last trip we made around to the airports that I realized some of the costs that were being put on the airports.
It also has been a bit enlightening to note, or I'm getting the impression, that the Department of Transport is being funded by costs attributed to the travelling public, to the taxpayers. You mentioned it's a significant reduction in revenue. It's a bit disheartening for me to come to the view that we couldn't fix this mistake within the airport system--and possibly other transportation sectors, but certainly in the airline industry--because those dollars were being used to fund the Department of Transport. It's a bit hard for me to expect the Department of Transport to come up with a plan to fix what's happening in the airline industry if they're being funded by revenue from the airline industry.
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
In regard to the chattels, you mentioned that the airports no longer have to pay the chattel payments. Again, I believe it was an eye-opener for us on the transport committee to hear of some of the things the airport authorities were having to pay for. The Canadian public would be shocked to hear that in some cases it was five- and ten-year-old computers, with huge amounts of dollars having to be paid for really outdated equipment. So, again, it leads to a way of thinking that it was just a money-making endeavour for the department.
Also, again, the airport authorities were left with having to provide rental space to the Canada Border Services Agency. Now they cannot collect rent from that department of the government. I don't believe this applies in all departments of the government. If one department is renting from another, it is able to charge rent, one department to a different department, but in this case the airport authorities weren't allowed to. The Department of Defence uses the airports, and no charges are allowed to be made. Again, it was one more nail in the coffin of the airports, and I, like Madam St-Hilaire, don't believe the airports can handle waiting five years until some of these changes are put in place.
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
That's fine. Thank you.
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
With regard to the Farmer Rail Car Coalition, I actually see the purchase of the cars along the same lines as I've seen the chattels we're talking about with the airports, and that is, there's no need to charge an excessive rate for equipment that is going to have to be renewed in the upcoming years, which is something the Farmer Rail Car Coalition has done. I, for one, have met with a number of the individuals involved over the last eight years and totally support the sale to the Farmer Rail Car Coalition. It's so very rare that anything from here seems to be given to western producers and western farmers that I would very much like them to have this settled once and for all. It's been highly supported by the Hudson Bay Route Association, which has a lot of eastern Saskatchewan farmers.
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
I'm getting there.
I want to know when this is going to be resolved and whether they have to continue for another one to five years before it's resolved.
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Thank you.
General, thank you for coming and for being quite frank with us as to what might and might not be possible with the information coming from CATSA.
I just have a slightly different question from what's been asked, and then I'll get into some of the more specific ones on security. You mentioned having been interviewed by a headhunter company. I'm curious, which company approached and interviewed you?
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Renaud Foster, okay.
You mentioned being on a board in the private sector. Which board were you on?
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Before you put in a plug for them, what do they do?
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Okay, so there's no chance there might be some conflict between your being chair and with a company involved in that?
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
Yes, there there are lots of rules mentioning transparency and accountability and everything. Everything's down as to how it should be, but we all know these are not always followed through, so I just wanted to clarify where things were at.
What exactly is your job as chair? What's your job?
View Bev Desjarlais Profile
Ind. (MB)
So do you see the chain of command, so to speak, as being the minister and then yourself as CEO of CATSA? How does it flow?
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Ind. (MB)
You're new to the job, so you may not know this, and it may not be your responsibility, but I've been concerned as to how certain airports were chosen as having to have security in place. From my perspective, there was never any real logical approach to it. I can certainly understand security at international points, and this kind of thing, but when you look at the number of airports throughout Canada where there is security, there is no logical rhyme or reason to it, from my perspective. In Manitoba, say we have two airports that have the same number of flights going through them and landing at the same terminal in Winnipeg, and one has to have security and one doesn't. So I'm curious as to whether or not you have any idea what the logistics are behind it where security is necessary and where it's not.
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