Mrs. Beryl Gaffney (Nepean):
Madam Speaker, in the nation's capital we have the Ottawa Lynx baseball club, the Ottawa Senators hockey club, an advanced technology sector and many industries with a large market to the south. Yet we have a government and a transportation minister that are incapable of approving a direct air link from Ottawa to the American market, and in particular, Pittsburgh and Chicago.
Ottawa was the only city in Canada excluded from the original Canada-U.S. air treaty in 1974. As someone said recently, the Minister of Transport should crawl out from under this desk.
Yesterday we heard this same minister has awarded direct air service from his hometown to Pittsburgh. I say shame on him.
The lack of air links is costing the Ottawa region $500 million annually. People from Ottawa and its environs have no choice but to throw this government and this minister out of office in the next election.
Subtopic: DIRECT AIR LINKS