Hon. W. G. Dinsdale (Brandon-Souris):
This is the first intimation members of the house have had concerning this important change in one aspect-a comparatively small aspect-of air transportation policy, and it is therefore not possible to comment in detail with respect to some of the points which have been raised. However, I would like to say that as I understand the announcement of the minister it will meet the needs of smaller communities for minimal landing strip operations, which has been a problem of growing proportions in the last few years as the increased use of smaller aircraft for personal passenger flying has developed.
I did not notice in the announcement any comment concerning the need for expanded facilities, particularly in the form of improved runway facilities, in some of the more major airports in the prairie part of Canada. I am thinking, for example, of airports that were once serviced by Air Canada and where a program of expanding and strengthening the existing runways had been embarked upon.
Subtopic: POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS