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Mar 02 2013

Airline Safety

OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Speaker: The Honourable Andrew Scheer

Oral Questions

Airline Safety

Mr. Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston, NDP):

 

Mr. Speaker, that is not actually true. There are risks associated with hiring foreign pilots, particularly when it comes to understanding Canadian safety regulations.

 

CTV reported that a CF-18 had to be scrambled when a Sunwing plane from Paris to Toronto went missing for an hour. It is a good thing we were not relying on an F-35; they are grounded. The reason was that Sunwing’s foreign pilot had made a mistake.

 

Why is Transport Canada rubber-stamping wet leases, letting potentially unqualified foreign pilots fly Canadian flights? Does the minister consider this an acceptable practice?

 

The Speaker:

 

The audio does not seem to be working. We will come back.

 

 

 

The Speaker:

 

Due to the technical difficulties before, I am going to give the floor back to the hon. member for York South—Weston for a very brief question.

 

 

Airline Safety

 

Mr. Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston, NDP):

 

Mr. Speaker, there are risks associated with hiring foreign pilots, particularly when it comes to understanding Canadian safety regulations.

 

Why is Transport Canada rubber-stamping wet leases and letting potentially unqualified foreign pilots fly Canadian flights? Does the minister consider this an acceptable practice?

 

Hon. Steven Fletcher (Minister of State (Transport), CPC):

 

Mr. Speaker, the same question was asked in French and an answer was given in French. I will provide the English answer, which is exactly the same.

 

Canada has one of the safest transportation systems in the world. It gets stronger every year. The number of aviation accidents has fallen by 25% since 2000 while air travel has increased significantly.

 

Foreign pilots, just like Canadian pilots, go through a rigorous selection process in order to ensure that they are fully qualified. Officials are currently reviewing this policy to see if reform is needed.

 

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