ATAC Very Active on the Flight and Duty Time File

ATAC has been very active over the past year urging Transport Minister Garneau to pause in his intentions to impose drastic changes in Flight and Duty Time regulations. We are faced with the incredulous fact that Transport Canada is charging ahead with the most important regulatory changes of the past decade while maintaining a deaf ear to industry, indigenous, and regional concerns as to the detrimental impact of these changes.

This past week, however, has been particularly important in getting the government to appreciate our serious concerns on these proposed set of regulations.

As a result of stakeholder lobbying, delegates at last weekend’s Liberal National Convention in Halifax called on Minister Garneau to pause and work with stakeholders in order to minimize the socio-economic negative impacts of these changes.

ATAC, in cooperation with HAC, held a press conference on Wednesday at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. A delegation of five carriers representing different industry sectors met with members of the press with the clear message of asking the Minister and his department to go from a transmitting mode to a receiving mode. We insisted on the fact that industry’s legitimate concerns, voiced repeatedly over the past eight years, have never been incorporated in the proposed changes. The press release is attached.

On Thursday, ATAC and HAC met with a senior staff member of the President of the Treasury Board to voice our concerns over the lack of transparency and disregard for the regulatory process and total absence of legitimate stakeholder consultations.

There isn’t a Flight and Duty Time crisis in Canada. Why then is the Minister steamrolling these changes with total disregard to their impact on Canadians, particularly those living in regional, remote and indigenous communities.

ATAC will continue to represent your interests in this most important file. Many other meetings are planned in the next few weeks. Please join us at the ATAC Spring Event to lend your voice to this effort.