August 03, 2016

CPC Leadership hopeful Bernier plans to “open up the skies”: More choice, lower fares for Canadians

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

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.

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commented 2016-08-06 08:13:09 -0400
I like Maxime. I’ve watched him speak and he seems as genuine as a politician can be. He’s not cut from the same bullshit stained cloth most Quebecers are cut from. I’d vote for him. The other choice right now is Leitch. I haven’t heard enough from her, though I do recall getting a progressive stinking email from her campaign which turned me off. Given what the last woman PM did to us, I’m not sure I want anything to do with Leitch. I don’t think she has the emotional self-control required to take the helm. Maybe she will prove me wrong during her campaign. We’ll see.
commented 2016-08-04 16:39:20 -0400
For those saying they don’t want a frog, keep in mind that Piladeau, who gave conservative news a real shot with Sun News, was also a frog. I’m not much in love with the province of Quebec, but there are some good minds there (just like there are in France, or other socialist hellholes). I won’t fault Bernier for something beyond his control.
commented 2016-08-04 16:29:34 -0400
I stopped using commercial airlines some time ago due to the harassing security protocols I have been subjected to over the last few years. In Toronto, I was lined up by a female security guard with a bunch of other middle aged men to undergo security questioning and hand swipes (for explosive traces apparently!). This while body bag clad muslims walked by us laughing proceeding through the gates and security checkpoints completely unchallenged! Apparently also, it is not discrimination if the person being harassed is white! In Calgary about a year ago I was again picked on for “security checking”. The guard wanted to “pat me down”. I refused and chose the “booth” instead. All the wrangling damn near made me miss my flight home from Calgary! Dental surgery last year saw the installation of titanium implants which for sure would light up metal detectors like alarm bells! I am not willing to put myself through the aggravation the security commissars these would cause. There are other modes of transportation available. Slower perhaps, however infinitely less stressful! So……interesting idea from Maxime, but useless for me. Might appeal to Millenials though.
commented 2016-08-04 09:39:51 -0400
Hey Maxime, keep an eye on your briefcase. Better yet, chain it to your wrist.
commented 2016-08-04 08:45:51 -0400
Well, the Canadian air travel fees are absurd. In Burlington VT or Bellingham WA, it’s very hard to find any non-Canadian travelers…. 5 million canadian passangers opting for US airports is substantial.
I asked my son where he wanted to go on summer break.. he suggested some computer game championship in Toronto… after looking into it, we’re going to Tokyo instead.. the airfare is much cheaper (from Vancouver).
commented 2016-08-04 04:46:13 -0400
Sorry Bernier… You may indeed be a good man..But you froggies have long outworn your welcome in the rest of Canada…
commented 2016-08-04 04:42:03 -0400
A frog from the east…. That says it all as far as I am concerned…
commented 2016-08-04 00:33:05 -0400
enough of this BS from another politician, i don’t want to hear about cheap air fares or any other useless fluff plan for buying votes buying from the millennials ,i want to hear about getting pipelines built ,mining and logging projects, that is what Canada was built on and is what makes a strong thriving country ,something nutley , winnie and the pansy turdo cant or wont get in their thick heads, we don’t need a conservative leader who will ignore this reality ,especially another frog from the east
commented 2016-08-03 23:02:34 -0400
So air fares in Canada are non-competitive and work as “closed shop”?… Ditto for internet and cellphone services…. But is that really a priority item that needs addressing?… I can think of about two dozen other ills that are far more serious….
commented 2016-08-03 22:21:50 -0400
This globalist puppet could turn me off CPC for good
commented 2016-08-03 20:22:55 -0400
Keith Richards:
The word French should begin with an upper case letter.
I share a good many of your sentiments, Mr. Richards, but I do not share your glib and bigoted hate of French Canadians……and not only because I happen to be one.
commented 2016-08-03 18:53:25 -0400
Bernier. Is he the guy who stood up and called out “climate change” for the hoax that it is?

No, eh……?
commented 2016-08-03 18:40:51 -0400
I really love the ideas that come from Maxime. He at least is a true fiscal conservative, leaning towards libertarian. Want to hear more.
commented 2016-08-03 18:40:26 -0400
Fuck Bernier – no more french politicians.
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