CRD Board Opposed to Privatization of Canadian Airports

Feb 22, 2017

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board passed a resolution requesting the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to call on the Federal Government to not proceed with the potential privatization of Canadian airports in the upcoming federal budget.

The motion was put forward by Saanich Director Judy Brownoff who expressed concern for the potential increase in costs for the traveling public and the impact such a decision could have for tourism destinations like the Capital Region. Recent media reports indicate that the Government of Canada is actively considering the privatization of Canada’s airports in order to achieve a one-time financial windfall and this plan may be formalized in the upcoming federal budget.

“In a country as vast and as sparsely populated as Canada, safe and efficient air transportation is essential to connecting families, communities and to the continued economic prosperity of our country,” said Brownoff.

“We urge the Government of Canada to fully understand the impacts of such a decision and ask for more consultation with communities before such an approach is adopted,” said CRD Board Chair, Barbara Desjardins.

The CRD nominates one member to the Victoria Airport Authority Board. This member is not an elected official. The Victoria Airport Authority is a not-for-profit authority that manages the safe and secure operations of the Victoria International Airport on behalf of the surrounding communities.

The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.

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