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e-2867 (Transportation)

Initiated by Ann Matejicka from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Canada’s aviation industry continues to be negatively impacted by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. As the industry continues to struggle, aviation workers continue to be severely impacted with hundreds of thousands of highly skilled Canadian workers under threat of job loss;
  • The almost complete shutdown of the industry has made flight operations increasingly expensive and industry restart will be complex. Jobs in the industry will take several years to return, or worse, will disappear altogether;
  • Government measures, such as the recommendation to Canadians to avoid non-essential travel, border closures and mandatory 14-day quarantine on all travelers entering the country, combined with a lack of sector-specific financial support, jeopardize the sustainability of the Canadian aviation industry and offer an advantage to foreign airlines who receive massive financial support from their governments; and
  • COVID emergency programs, such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, have assisted Canadian aviation workers but have stopped short of providing the necessary support to Canadian airlines.
We, the undersigned, aviation workers and other concerned citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Implement an aviation-specific financial sustainability program with strong labour protections that provides direct support to airlines that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic;
2. Lead and implement a national aviation strategy in relation to the recovery of the airline industry from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the stabilization and continued viability of the aviation sector in Canada; and
3. Implement a sustainable approach to safe border controls that uses a dynamic, rigorous approach to ensure the border measures match the risk profile of the countries from which the travelers are arriving.
Open for signature
September 28, 2020, at 3:07 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 28, 2020, at 3:07 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Todd Doherty (Cariboo—Prince George)
November 18, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00237)
Photo - Todd Doherty
Cariboo—Prince George
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia
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