For MPs worried about aviation safety oversight, these are reasonable things to recommend. For the most part, however, Transport Minister Marc Garneau paid only lip service to these recommendations, or rejected them out of hand.
Pictured: the Ottawa International Airport. In the face of concerns from the House Transport Committee about a matter as important as aviation safety, the 'cavalier attitude' of Transport Minister Marc Garneau is 'startling,' but not surprising, writes Greg McConnell, national chair of the Canadian Federal Pilots Association, which represents the licensed pilots who work at Transport Canada as aviation inspectors. Photograph courtesy of the Canadian Airports Council
Hardworking MPs, especially those from isolated communities, log thousands of hours in airplanes every year.
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