Monday, April 24, 2023

Bachrach notes of loopholes in Liberal Air Transportation legislation; launches petition to seek changes in Bill

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach is suggesting there is still much work to be done by the Federal Liberals when it comes to their latest legislation on Air Passenger Rights.

The NDP MP spoke to the topic today noting of increased bureaucracy involved and observing of some loopholes in the legislation that would seem to work to defeat its purpose.

“The minister promised to give Canadians the strongest air passenger protections in the world, but this latest attempt isn't going to address the big issues. So far, the Liberals seem to be doubling down on their expensive, complex, bureaucratic approach, which has failed Canadian travellers.

By leaving the loophole intact, the minister has chosen to largely ignore the committee, consumer advocates and his own transportation agency in favour of Canada’s big airlines. Canadians have been frustrated by this process at every turn. The government should be standing with passengers not with big airlines."

The Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP had introduced his own Private Members bill in March towards some assistance for air travellers, the Federal plans coming up short of his hopes for the legislation.

Key elements of the Federal legislation include:

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Mr. Bachrach's full statement can be review here.

You can view his full press conference today from the CPAC video feed here.

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As part of his ongoing work towards the rights of Air Passengers, the MP is asking for those interested in the issue to sign a petition towards meaningful change in the Federal legislation. 

The deadline for signatures is by 3:21 of the afternoon on July 29th.

More notes related to the MP's work in Ottawa can be reviewed here.

Areas of interest on Aviation in the Northwest can be explored here.

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