Mr. Speaker, I want to address the remarks made by the member for Lac-Saint-Jean, who I understand is a small aircraft pilot. He is aware of air navigation services and the level of safety that has always been priority one for Transport Canada.
I want to address his remarks and the remarks made by the member who followed. Frankly, the fears of the member regarding the issue of regionality and regional representation are unfounded.
The Bloc alleges small carriers will be forgotten when Canada's air navigation system moves to the not for profit corporation. There are no small carrier or major carrier seats on the Nav Canada board. There are four seats on the board that are appointed by the largest national association of Canadian air carriers, the Air Transportation Association of Canada, ATAC. ATAC draws its membership from carriers of all sizes, from Air Canada to the flying club the hon. member for Lac-Saint-Jean may represent.
It is interesting to note that among the initial four directors appointed by the Air Transportation Association of Canada is Mr. Iain Harris, the former president and CEO of AirBC. AirBC is not a big carrier. It is a regional carrier.