moved for leave to introduce Bill C-459, An Act respecting the rights of air passengers.
Mr. Speaker, I feel very privileged to be able to introduce this bill today. I would also like to thank my hon. colleague, the member for Sudbury, for his support.
The title of this bill is, “An Act respecting the rights of air passengers”. It will place obligations on air carriers to provide compensation and other assistance to passengers when a flight has been cancelled or delayed, when boarding has been denied, or when an aircraft has remained on the ground for a period of more than an hour at an airport.
This bill was inspired by what has already been done in Europe, but it is primarily a show of respect for travellers.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)