Outreach to Parliamentarians
The Canadian Airports Council has been busy consulting with parliamentarians on the upcoming 2017 federal budget and CAC's top advocacy files. This includes an appearance on September 29th at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. We briefly outlined key priorities for Canada's airports, including comprehensive reforms to security screening, capital funding for small airport infrastructure, reforms to ACAP and airport rent.
We also appeared before the Liberal Aerospace Caucus on October 6th, along with
Mark Laroche, president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority and Doug Newson, chair of the Small Airports Caucus, and president and CEO of the Charlottetown Airport.
We gave a presentation on Canada's airports, their economic contribution, and how to strengthen them. T
he presentation spurred a lot of questions and debate on ways to improve the facilitation of passengers and goods, lower the cost of air travel, empower airports to grow their non-aeronautical revenues, and enable small airports to make necessary safety-related investments.
On December 8th, the CAC and the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) will take part in a panel at the Economic Club in Ottawa. The discussion will focus on common advocacy priorities, and the economic contribution of aviation in local communities and across the country. The CGCC is comprised of the Presidents and CEOs of the seven largest urban region Chambers of Commerce/Boards of Trade in Canada.
We will also be inviting all parliamentarians at a joint holiday reception with the National Airlines Council of Canada
at the Museum of History on December 7th.