If you’ve tried booking a flight recently, you know it hurts the bank account. Canadian airports have some of the highest landing fees in the world and airport fees can be up to 200 per cent higher here than at US airports. This discourages Canadian airlines from competing aggressively for domestic routes leaving us with the choice of Air Canada or WestJet.
Well, Conservative Party Leadership candidate Maxime Bernier has a plan, announcing today that he would be opening up the skies and providing a regulatory framework to allow more competition and choice in Canada’s airline industry.
Watch as I explain some of the problems Bernier has outlined and his proposed solutions.
Bernier’s plan is now official CPC party policy having been added during the convention in May but beyond more choices and lower fares, will Bernier’s plan help in other ways?
I think so because I believe the free market helps everyone including airline entrepreneurs, the disabled, people with pets, loyalty card collectors, tourism, individual & business consumers, and even international trade.
But that’s where my optimism ends.
We heard Bernier state that the 26 airports currently operate as a cash cow for the federal government and it’s hard to see any government ever saying no to this money.
I still hope that should Maxime Bernier become Prime Minister, he’ll stick to his promise.