John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act; Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)
Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency):
Madam Speaker, if there is overcapacity in the Canadian airline industry and it is agreed on all sides that there is, the overcapacity was not caused by the Minister of Transport or the Government of Canada. We did not put a gun to anyone's head in the airline industry telling them to go out and purchase more aircraft or to acquire more equipment. These decisions were made by those individual airlines.
Now it ill behooves them to say that the problem they have caused should now be entirely resolved and all the problems overcome by the leadership of the government. The government provided a regulatory framework within which they should operate. If they have not operated successfully, they should examine the mote in their own eye.
Subtopic: AIRLINE INDUSTRY