Mr. Joe Comuzzi (Thunder Bay-Nipigon):
Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.
The government adopted a policy to place airports in Canada under the control of local airport authorities, with the exception of Pearson airport. In the last three years local authorities have taken over in large centres such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and I think one airport in Montreal.
Since this policy was announced a responsive group of Thunder Bay citizens formed their own committee at their own expense and worked hard to have the Thunder Bay Airport turned over to local men and women who know something about the local economy of northwestern Ontario.
For the benefit of this local group and other local groups with the intention of having their airports turned over, would the minister please advise what the timeframe will be for smaller communities in Canada to have their local airports turned over to their control?