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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Welcome, Minister Alghabra, it is a pleasure to have you here.
Minister, in a scenario where our government would not have approved the merger, what would your main concerns have been? Why would a merger be preferable, for example, to a possible bankruptcy?
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Lib. (QC)
I am going to repeat it in English if there is a problem with the translation.
Minister, in a scenario where our government did not approve the merger, what was your main concern? For instance, why is a merger preferable, for instance, to a possible bankruptcy?
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Lib. (QC)
Minister, one of this government's air transport policy priorities prior to the pandemic was to further encourage competition by making regulatory changes that would encourage the start-up of low-cost airlines, for example. Given this, I imagine that it was only with great reluctance that you approved a vision that could reduce competition.
How has the pandemic contributed to a shift in your priorities as a regulator?
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Lib. (QC)
Minister, Mr. Péladeau claims that he had submitted a better offer to buy Air Transat, which would have preserved Air Transat's independence from Air Canada.
Air Transat itself states that, contrary to media reports, its proposal was in fact $5 per share and not $6.
In addition, Air Transat asserts that the proposal did not have binding and fully committed financing or proof of sufficient liquidity to proceed with the acquisition.
Finally, still according to this airline, the proposal did not provide sufficient financing to meet Air Transat's working capital requirements for 2021, estimated at approximately $500 million.
As the regulatory authority, how can Transport Canada make such claims—and thus adopt a conqueror's attitude—when assessing whether a merger should take place?
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Lib. (QC)
On a point of order, Mr. Chair, we cannot hear.
The sound is really cutting in and out. I didn't even hear half of what the witness was saying.
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Lib. (QC)
What I'm saying, Mr. Chair, is that we cannot hear. I mean we can't hear 50% of the words. They are not reaching our ears. The voice is not clear.
Thank you.
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to let you know that I can't hear the speakers very well. I just got a message from the IT service desk flagging an issue with the Internet connection in the Wellington Building, so I hope you'll be able to hear me.
Welcome to the witnesses.
My first question is for Mr. Turnbull.
Could the technology in new airplanes become so complex as to surpass regulators' ability to evaluate it? If so, what can we do to keep that from happening?
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Lib. (QC)
My second question is for Mr. Robinson.
Going forward, what is stopping a company like Boeing from doing what it did with the 737 MAX and hiding issues from regulators? What is stopping Boeing from again deploying technology that pilots aren't familiar with?
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Lib. (QC)
My next question is for Mr. Robinson.
Once we've completed our study, what should inform the committee's recommendations? What should we keep in mind, do you think?
What policy or regulatory changes would be useful?
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I have something to propose to the honourable member, Mr. Barsalou-Duval. We've discussed this, so I want to reiterate that, if he is willing to withdraw his motion, I am prepared to give him my speaking time when the Minister of Transport appears at our next meeting.
We still haven't finished our COVID-19 report, and I'm sure the Minister of Transport has a packed schedule. I think my proposal would give Mr. Barsalou-Duval enough time—more than 10 or 12 minutes—to put all of his questions to the minister.
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Lib. (QC)
If we decided to invite Mr. Péladeau, we would have to invite the other bidders as well. I can't quite see how having Mr. Péladeau appear as a witness would help as far as the Government of Canada is concerned, since the minister would be answering Mr. Barsalou-Duval's questions directly.
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to welcome our guests.
Mr. Gibbons, I was pleased to hear that your company has decided to refund passengers. I have heard that passengers who proactively cancelled their tickets based on Health Canada's advice and recommendations have not been refunded.
Did a decision like that push you to difficult measures, like laying off more employees?
In addition, will this crisis alleviate or aggravate the pilot shortage that was a factor before the pandemic?
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Lib. (QC)
Did the refunds influence you to make the decision to lay off some employees?
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Lib. (QC)
I do have one.
Mr. Rheault, we're aware that, in order to provide financial assistance, the federal government has imposed conditions on several issues, such as refunding customers whose flights were cancelled, protecting regional routes and connectivity, honouring contracts with Canadian aerospace companies and paying travel agency commissions. Which of these issues is most problematic for the airlines? Could you tell us more about it, please?
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Lib. (QC)
Can I ask you to answer the second part of the question, for which Mr. Gibbons did not provide me with an answer, please.
Will this crisis alleviate or aggravate the shortage of pilots that existed before the crisis?
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