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Canada wants extra airline competitors, oversight to keep away from journey ‘disaster’: Poilievre

Extra airline competitors and higher protections for passengers will assist Canada keep away from the “disaster” skilled by vacationers throughout the winter vacation season, Conservative Chief Pierre Poilievre says.

Chatting with World Information in Winnipeg on Friday, Poilievre mentioned the federal authorities must step up its regulation and enforcement of airways, which he says really feel they will “get away with mistreating” their prospects.

“We had winter earlier than Justin Trudeau. We did not have airline disaster like we have now now,” he mentioned.

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Whereas extreme winter storms performed a task in flight delays and cancellations over the vacations, airways and airports confronted criticism for the way they dealt with the disruptions that noticed passengers ready hours and even days for brand new flights and preventing for compensation over misplaced baggage.

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Canadian airline executives apologize for vacation journey chaos

On Thursday, executives from Sunwing, WestJet and Air Canada apologized to Canadians whereas testifying to MPs on the Home of Commons transport committee, saying the winter climate led to “compounding” disruptions.

Through the committee assembly, Canadian Transportation Company chair and CEO France Pégeot admitted the unbiased regulator has by no means discovered an airline for failing to offer compensation beneath the Air Passenger Safety Rules, regardless of a backlog of greater than 30,000 complaints.

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The company can solely difficulty fines of as much as $25,000 beneath the present laws, which Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has mentioned he’s working to enhance.

“No marvel the airways aren’t nervous,” Poilievre mentioned.

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Poilievre blames Trudeau for airport chaos throughout Canada, requires federal accountability

He added that the federal authorities must change into extra productive with a view to clear that backlog together with others affecting passports, immigration and different providers which are going through lengthy wait instances.

He didn’t say if he would minimize the variety of public servants working in these departments, solely that they need to be higher utilized given the sum of money it prices to pay them. He additionally criticized the Liberals’ “wasteful” spending on exterior contractors, however didn’t say if he would minimize or get rid of that spending.

“It is (Trudeau’s) private incompetence that signifies that we’re paying extra for much less,” he mentioned. “We want a reliable prime minister with a forms that truly will get issues finished to serve the individuals.”

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The Conservative chief mentioned authorities cash must be redistributed in quite a lot of different key areas.

As a substitute of a federal carbon value, he mentioned investments must be made in hydroelectric dams and nuclear energy with a view to make alternate options to conventional vitality extra inexpensive.

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He additionally needs cash from what the federal government calls an “assault-style” weapons ban — which incorporates language that Conservatives, First Nations and sporting teams say unfairly targets some frequent looking rifle fashions — must be despatched as an alternative towards “reinforcing our borders” in opposition to drug trafficking, gun smuggling and different gang exercise, in addition to dependancy remedy.

He mentioned a “very clear restoration and remedy proposal” was coming from his celebration that might ship federal funding for provinces to pursue dependancy remedy applications.

“It’s going to get outcomes” if adopted, he mentioned.

“We’re not simply going to throw cash round. I need beds, I need counselors, detox, remedy that may assist with withdrawal and overdoses—they’re all going to be a part of my plan. We are going to rescue the lives of our mates, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters which have fallen sufferer to this horrific dependancy disaster.”

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Pierre Poilievre calls out Trudeau over contracts awarded to world consulting agency McKinsey

Residential college inquiries can be funded

Poilievre additionally mentioned a Conservative authorities would proceed to totally fund inquiries into former residential college websites to correctly account for human stays and unmarked graves.

His remark got here a day after the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Saskatchewan mentioned ground-penetrating radar has found greater than 2,000 areas of curiosity on the web site of the previous Qu’Appelle Indian Residential Faculty. A baby’s bone was additionally discovered on the web site.

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The announcement is the most recent in a collection of discoveries at residential college websites throughout the nation which have reignited conversations round reconciliation and Canada’s colonial previous.

The federal authorities has supplied tens of millions of {dollars} in monetary assist to communities enterprise these searches, which Poilievre mentioned he would proceed if he turns into prime minister within the subsequent election.

“We might totally fund all of the inquiries into the human stays at or close to the websites of residential colleges,” he mentioned.

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Poilievre mentioned he needs to maneuver past what he referred to as the “symbolism, speeches and drama” of the Trudeau authorities’s reconciliation efforts and ship precise outcomes, together with guaranteeing all First Nation communities have entry to protected ingesting water.

As of Jan. 5, 33 long-term ingesting water advisories stay in 29 communities, regardless of guarantees from the Liberals to get all advisories lifted by 2021. The federal government has since indicated that will not be doable till 2025.

“I might contract the infrastructure corporations and I might say to them, they do not get paid till the clear water is offered, and a few of their pay can be contingent on these clear water techniques persevering with to work for years to return,” Poilievre mentioned.

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“They can not simply construct a defective system, receives a commission and buzz off. They need to get the job finished.”

He additionally referred to as the Indian Act a “racist colonial hangover” that he would enable First Nations to decide out of.

“I imagine First Nations know what’s good for them, and the issue on this nation has been a top-down, colonial authorities in Ottawa that has imposed its will in opposition to the need of the First Nations individuals,” he mentioned.

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