I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting No. 25 of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, February 3, 2022, the committee is meeting to study Reducing Red Tape and Costs on Rural and Urban Canadian Airports.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
Per the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on March 10, 2022, all those attending the meeting in person must wear a mask, except for members who are at their place during the proceedings.
I'd like to take a moment to make a few comments for the benefit of the witnesses and members. Please wait until I recognize you by name before speaking. For those participating by video conference, click on the microphone icon to activate your mike, and please mute yourself when you are not speaking.
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Appearing before the committee today, we have the following witnesses. From the Department of Transport, Colin Stacey, director general of air policy; Craig Hutton, associate assistant deputy minister for policy; Aaron McCrorie, associate assistant deputy minister, safety and security; and Stephanie Hébert, assistant deputy minister of programs.
From the Canada Border Services Agency, we have Denis Vinette, vice-president, travellers branch.
From the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, joining us in person today, we have Nancy Fitchett, vice-president, corporate affairs and chief financial officer; as well as Mr. Neil Parry, vice-president, operations.
From Nav Canada, we have Mr. Jonathan Bagg, director, stakeholder and industry relations; and Leigh Ann Kirby, vice-president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.
From the Public Health Agency of Canada, we have Kimby Barton, acting vice-president, health security and regional operations branch.
Thank you all very much for joining us either in person or virtually.
Before I turn it over to Transport Canada for opening remarks, if my colleagues will permit, I just want to say on behalf of this committee, on behalf of all members of the House of Commons and, of course, on behalf of all Canadians, thank you, all, for the incredible and diligent work that you've done over the last two years to support Canadians and keep them safe.
With that, I want to turn it over now to Transport Canada for your opening remarks.
You have five minutes.