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Proposed Air Passenger Rules Set for Take Off

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
PIAC welcomes legislation announced today by the federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, to strengthen Canada’s air passenger rights. Part of Bill C-49 gives the Canadian Transportation Agency an opportunity to provide Canadians with a world-leading air passenger complaint regime.

Links to PIAC Media Releases on Transport

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Transport Media Releases

Travel Protection Initiative slams airline advertising decision

Sunday, July 20th, 2008
Today the Travel Protection Initiative, a coalition of Canada’s travel industry and consumer groups, responded to federal Transport minister’s Lawrence Cannon’s submission this week to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities that he would not bring into effect the provision of Bill C-11 passed in June of last year that would mandate that airline advertising feature an all-in price.

Make airlines advertise the real price

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
In the wake of CBC’s Feb. 27 Marketplace show, the Travel Protection Initiative (TPI) – a coalition of Canada’s consumer organizations and the travel industry – is demanding the federal government take action against Canadian airlines continuously misleading consumers by advertising artificially low fares. Marketplace revealed that Canadian customers were being deceived by airlines advertising fares that omitted items like fuel surcharges which often add 50% to the advertised cost.

No consumer protection from misleading airline ads in C-11: PIAC

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) slammed the House of Commons passage of Bill C-11 today which contain Senate amendments that effectively stripped the original bill, (passed by the House of Commons in February of this year) of consumer protection provisions with respect to misleading airline advertising and railway noise.

Travellers’ Protection Initiative

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
New National “Travellers' Protection Initiative” Demands Government Protection for Airline Passengers

Common Sense Protection in Light of Jetsgo Collapse

Friday, March 11th, 2005
According to Michael Janigan, the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the demise of Jetsgo highlights the gaps in consumer protection that exist in the Canadian airline industry.

Text of Press Conference

Monday, December 8th, 2003
Every day, in newspapers across the country, airlines advertise flights at attractive and competitive prices. And every day, when consumers actually buy these tickets, they are surprised to discover the hidden fees that raise the price up to 79%!

PIAC and Option consommateurs call for end to misleading airline advertising.

Monday, December 8th, 2003
MEDIA RELEASE MISLEADING AIRLINE ADVERTISING

Turbulence ahead for Canadian air travel

Monday, February 19th, 2001
In Canada, the barometer for how a competitive market should work is almost always the United States. When Canadian industries are forced to cut jobs, raise prices, or behave in a consumer-unfriendly manner, the usual rejoinder to public criticism is that the same thing is happening south of the border. The standard Canadian assumption is that the free market cauldron of the United States winnows out inefficiency, high prices, and poor customer service. Canadian utilities who have dined on this questionable folk wisdom for years have now been joined at the table by Air Canada, whose CEO has discovered the escape valve of selectively citing U.S. airline pricing statistics as proof positive of the controlling hand of the market rather than his own airline's financial dictates.
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