Minister Cannon highlights Canada's global competitiveness at International Air Transport Association Conference

    OTTAWA, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, was in Vancouver today to speak
about the commitment by Canada's New Government to build a robust economy at
home and to enhance Canada's opportunities abroad. He did so at the
International Air Transport Association Conference in Vancouver.
    "Success in the 21st century means being engaged with the world. It means
anticipating change and preparing for challenges and opportunities ahead,"
said Minister Cannon. "Canada's New Government is working towards creating
seamless, secure and efficient movement of people and goods, which is crucial
to contributing to the economic well-being of Canadians."

    During his speech, Minister Cannon focused on two key areas:

    - How Canada's New Government is modernizing Canada's international air
      transportation policy to reflect the evolving nature of the global
      aviation market. This is being done through the recently announced Blue
      Sky policy.

    - How the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative helps strengthen
      Canada's competitive position in international commerce. The Asia-
      Pacific Gateway and Corridor is a network of transportation
      infrastructure, including British Columbia's Lower Mainland and
      Prince Rupert ports, principal road and rail connections stretching
      across Western Canada and south of the United States, key border
      crossings and major Canadian airports.

    Minister Cannon spoke about how keeping our infrastructure up-to-date
with our ever-changing economy is one of the greatest challenges of the
competitiveness of nations in the 21st century. Canada's road, marine, rail
and air systems are entry and exit points, through which passengers and goods
move to reach all of our communities and to go beyond our borders.

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