NDP to take action to protect air travellers

Canada has fallen behind U.S. and Europe in protecting air passengers


OTTAWA – As soon as prorogation ends, New Democrats will introduce a new bill on providing better protection for air travellers, building on the NDP’s popular bill to protect the rights of air travellers.

In the last session, Conservatives voted down the NDP’s Passenger Bill of Rights bill.

“Since their election, Conservatives have done nothing to fix some of the key problems facing air travelers. Currently, airline companies can hold passengers for hours without even offering them water and food – even if passengers are children or seniors,” said NDP Consumer Affairs critic, Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury). “The government must agree to better protect consumers and address serious problems like this.”

The bill, sponsored by Laval MP José Nunez-Melo, would have provided compensation of up to $600 for passengers whose flight is overbooked, late or cancelled. The bill also provided for compensation in the event of lost baggage.

“This is already common practice in the United States, Europe and Asia and with very good results. When will the Conservatives adopt this simple solution?” added deputy Consumer Affairs critic, Annick Papillon (Québec).