Mr. Speaker, I did not hear any reference to the privatization of airports, but I would like to remind the parliamentary secretary of what the Minister of Transport's press secretary said on April 20. It comes from an article written by Bloomberg. She said:
The federal government continues to study the issue and no decision has been made on whether to proceed on the privatization.
It is still up in the air.
I would like to read a quote from an article in the May 8, 2017, edition of Acadie nouvelle. In it, Liberal senator Dennis Dawson is quoted as saying:
Many of these decisions or directions are motivated by the greed of the Finance Department and Finance ministers, eager to do anything that could help the government generate short-term revenue increases...
Another quote comes from Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association. He said:
Let me be completely unambiguous. Canada will regret it if the crown jewels are sold...
The parliamentary secretary has two minutes left to answer this question: does the government, the Department of Transport, intend to sell our airports, the crown jewels? If so, is it to pay the interest on the huge debt the government is in the process of saddling our children with or is it simply a matter of ideology?