Don’t Privatize Canada’s Airports ‒ Commons Committee

Originally published: December 10, 2017

A Parliamentary committee is recommending against the Liberal government’s plan to sell off Canada’s airports to raise billions in capital to be used towards other public infrastructure projects.

“Limit rising passenger and operational costs by preventing the privatization of Canadian airports,” the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, said in its report of the Pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2018 federal budget.

“The Committee’s report, entitled Driving Inclusive Growth: Spurring Productivity and Competitiveness in Canada, is the culmination of the Committee’s consultations in advance of the 2018 budget,” said Committee chair Honourable Wayne Easter said upon presenting the report on Friday. “The pre-budget consultation process is a critical means by which Canadians are able to express their priorities for forthcoming budgets. The proposals submitted this year focused on ways to help improve the productivity and competitiveness of Canadians and their businesses.”

The report summarized the strong opposition to airport privatization by various stakeholders, including the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), which believes that the sale is near-sighted and will result in significantly higher costs for airlines and passengers.

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