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MPs should be forgiven if nagging doubts about the safety of aircraft they use to commute to and from Ottawa have been rekindled. After all, the tragedy of former transport minister Jean Lapierre and family, killed in the crash of a small aircraft, has been in the news in recent days with the publication earlier this month of the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) investigation into the crash. And the airplane crash in which former Albert premier and federal

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Good reasons to worry about aviation safety

By Greg McConnell      

Given Transport Canada’s consistent record of ignoring Parliament, MPs can expect these recommendations will be given little more than lip service. It is time for Parliament to put Transport Canada on a shorter leash where disclosure is the rule.

The committee recommended Transport Canada immediately open its aviation safety oversight program to a full audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s reply means the audit will not happen until after the next election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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