Mr. Dave Nickerson (Western Arctic):
Mr. Speaker, since its inception in 1984, the Canadian Aviation Safety Board, through its independent investigation of accidents and its recommendations, has done much to advance air safety in Canada.
Canadian aviation activity is very high with 26,000 civil aircraft and 1,300 licensed airports handling annually some 54 million passengers. In 1986 there were 495 aircraft accidents in Canada, 73 of which involved fatalities.
The recent annual report of the board shows a favourable continuing downward trend in the accident rate, but unfortunately accident survivability remains unchanged.
Let us encourage the board in its important work of making air travel in Canada even safer than is presently the case.
Subtopic: AIR SAFETY