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Finance committee  Absolutely, sir. Air transport finds itself in this situation with regard to all its financing. Financing for improved infrastructure is also borne by users. All financing for air transport comes from users. Nothing comes from the government. For us, this is a net loss, in that

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  We don't at all dispute the need for security. We're asking why the government collects more money than it needs for aviation security.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  I can't answer you with regard to effectiveness or efficiency because we don't have the CATSA data here. We can just compare the charges collected via this tax in various countries. We're waiting. The Minister of Transport has promised a study, a complete review of CATSA activiti

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  It's distinctly higher here than in other countries. If you go to England, you'll see that charges of all kinds represent 30% of the price of a round trip ticket. That's 30%, I should say, in addition to the price of the flight.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  If you look at the price of the ticket, because I'm sure you travel in economy class since you're a responsible man—

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  I would say that the pricing component for a flight to England hasn't changed much in 20 years. What has changed are all the additional taxes and charges.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  I think I used the word “tax” in my text. Yes, sir.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  You mean by name?

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  We represent members from across Canada that do all kinds of commercial aviation, be they large carriers or the lifeline that's operating up north or--

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  No, Air Canada and WestJet are not members of our association.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  Well, there are Porter, Sunwing, and many other airlines. There are 600 commercial airlines in Canada.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  One hundred and eighty-five.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  I'll send you a list if you want it, sir.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  Sir, we have nothing against CATSA. My words weren't criticizing CATSA here today, not at all.

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna

Finance committee  Sir, we are concerned that CATSA.... We want to make sure they're efficient. We have no proof of that. We're concerned by what they're doing. We are not criticizing CATSA. We have no grounds to criticize CATSA, because it's not being compared to anything else other than the rate

May 12th, 2010Committee meeting

John McKenna