Canada Transportation Act and Aeronautics Act Amendments Reintroduced in Parliament

    OTTAWA, Oct. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today reintroduced the former
Bill C-6 (Act to amend the Aeronautics Act) and former Bill C-58 (Act to amend
the Canada Transportation Act) in the House of Commons.
    Former Bills C-6 and C-58 are being introduced in the same form as they
were in the previous session. According to a recent motion supported by all
parties, if the Speaker of the House is satisfied that these bills are in the
same form as at prorogation, they shall be reinstated at all stages completed
at the time of prorogation of the previous session. Consequently, the former
Bill C-6 will be reinstated at third reading in the House, and the former Bill
C-58 will be referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure
and Communities.
    "These proposed amendments represent the culmination of extensive
consultations and reflect the substantial contributions made by stakeholders
from across the country," said Minister Cannon. "I made a commitment that
these important pieces of legislation would be reintroduced and I am pleased
to be honouring that commitment today."
    The former Bill C-6 was initially introduced on April 27, 2006. The
proposed amendments to the Aeronautics Act reflect new strategies being
implemented to regulate aviation safety, including an increase in penalties
that may be imposed under the Act. Key amendments would also allow individuals
and operators to confidentially report, on a voluntary basis, less
safety-critical regulatory violations.
    Another significant change is a new part in the Act to provide the
Canadian Forces Airworthiness Investigative Authority with new powers and
duties to carry out flight safety investigations that may involve civilians in
military aviation accidents or incidents. These new powers and duties would be
comparable to those exercised by Transportation Safety Board investigators
examining civilian accidents.
    The former Bill C-58 was initially introduced on May 30, 2007. The
proposed amendments would clarify and strengthen the Canada Transportation
Act's current provisions that protect rail shippers from the potential abuse
of market power by railways. The proposed amendments would help address
shipper concerns about rail service and rates, while providing regulatory
stability to the railways to encourage investments that are required to keep
Canadian exporters and importers competitive in international markets.
    In addition, the Government of Canada has made a commitment to commence a
review of railway service within 30 days after the above amendments to the
rail freight provisions of the Canada Transportation Act have been passed. The
Government of Canada will consult with the shippers and the railways on the
scope and terms of reference for this review. In the interim, shippers
continue to have access to the remedies already available in the Act.

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