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Transport committee  Yes, absolutely. Prepandemic, airports were contributing over $400 million in rent to the federal government and only a small portion is coming back to airports through the airports capital assistance program, which is funded at $38 million a year. There are other infrastructure programs that happen from time to time.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  I don't have that at my fingertips. I know that we have reviewed the model in recent years to look at whether this is the best way forward for Canada, and it was deemed that our model is quite effective. There could be tweaks made. I think there was a report done for the CTA review that looked at whether we are looking at aviation as a toll booth or as a spark plug.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  Yes. I think there are some adjustments that could be made to the airport rent model. It is too expensive. It's too expensive for Canadians. It's between 10% and 12% off the top of their revenue. For all of the revenue that comes in, we're paying a fee back to government on that revenue.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  I don't have those numbers in front of me to answer that question, but as I said, when you look at our airports and the vital role we play in connecting communities, supply chains and cargo, it's so important for our Canadian framework. I think we're partners with government. It's your land, and we're delivering this as not-for-profits for our communities and making sure that Canadians can connect affordably from coast to coast.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  That's a good question. I think lots of places started with our model, and some have slowly evolved. We've done a lot of work in looking at this. Sometimes they've evolved into forms of privatization, moving forward to fully privatize. When we've looked at this in the last few years we've noticed that a fully privatized model will actually be more expensive.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  Yes, absolutely. I think our boards are accountable to our communities. When you look from coast to coast they really are representative of our communities. I think our boards do a great job in governing Canada's airports and looking to the future with best practices at how we can grow aviation here.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  Thanks for the question. After two years of restrictions, demand is starting to bounce back, and that is good to see. However, certainly in terms of what we faced throughout the pandemic, competitiveness is an issue for aviation in Canada. We only need to look as far as what's happened in the U.S. and how they were supported.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  It's our cost structure. Airports are required to pay federal rent. In a good year, up to $412 million was the highest we paid annually. That investment that our airports are contributing to the Government of Canada is going back into federal coffers. I think we should be looking at aviation as an economic enabler.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  Yes. I think there are so many great things about our Canadian aviation model, and I would support it. Do I think there need to be tweaks? Absolutely. I think there could be tweaks to make it less expensive for Canadians, and government is a partner in delivering that. Our national airports are on federal government land, and we've paid over $4 billion in terms of lease payments to the federal government over that time.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. Members of the committee, on behalf of the Canadian Airports Council, thanks for the opportunity to join you today. It's a pleasure to speak with you about the ways in which our sector could benefit from reduced red tape and the steps that could be taken to ensure that Canadians, in both rural and urban parts of the country, will have access to affordable, competitive and modern air transportation into the future.

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  It would be less taxes. Right now, when goods come to Canada.... For example, if you have a chainsaw coming from Germany and you want to add parts to it and then export it from Canada as a Canadian product.... Right now, with the paperwork around that and the value-add taxes that go on it, we're not actually creating value for Canada to do this.

April 4th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  I'm not sure I fully understand the question. Like Daniel Gooch, I am only two months into this interim position. I might be missing a bit of context on this one.

April 4th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  This is certainly not my knowledge. A number of our airports receive goods. I'm not sure if you're referring to seventh freedom rights.

April 4th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  I think there are ways to improve, to look at some opportunities. Say you have a carrier from the Middle East and it would take goods to Philadelphia. Then we would have an empty plane coming from Philadelphia, let's say to Halifax, to then pick up lobster and go back to the Middle East.

April 4th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher

Transport committee  I think Daniel touched on that. CBSA has been a great partner and a very innovative one. I think they are looking at ways we can move forward working together, working very closely with industry to digitize our borders so that we can move people through quickly. I think that will help.

April 4th, 2022Committee meeting

Monette Pasher