Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I want to welcome our witnesses here. We are now on the last day of this study hearing from witnesses. Of course we'll provide some recommendations in terms of what we've heard. We've heard from many of our witnesses, over the course of reviewing this private member's bill and studying this issue, talking about the challenge our flight schools are facing. That probably goes without saying, given the title of this study.
I know many have mentioned the financial challenges, the cost of training, as well as the cost of highly technical equipment and the need to innovate and move to newer technology in order to provide the best training possible to our flight students.
One of our witnesses in the previous panel outlined the costs borne by flight schools. She made the observation that flight schools are operating in what she referred to as a very unpredictable environment. I want to quote something that we heard from the National Airlines Council just last month. In a statement, they estimated that “by 2030, a...carbon tax...would add over $800 million [a year] to the cost of air travel”. I'm wondering if you could comment for us on how that policy, driven by government, to impose a carbon tax on the air industry would affect flight training schools. Will it raise the costs for a flight training school, and how does that fit with our desire to address your challenges? Here we are imposing yet another one.
Any of you can answer that question.