Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, the course of action is very much in the hands of the United States, so I can only report where they stand in relation to their power to suspend or not suspend certain tariffs which have been filed by Canadian air carriers.
As I understand the American position at this moment, they did register a conditional note in relation to the fares filed by Air Canada, but they do not want these to take effect at this stage. Therefore, as I read the situation, the early part of the Air Canada lower fare season will certainly come into effect without impediment if the Americans do not change their position and take different action. At the same time, they have reserved the right to observe what happens to fares which may be filed by American carriers. Hon. members will know that the Canadian Transport Commission has been allowing certain of these fares similar to the Air Canada fares to come into effect when filed by carriers from the United States.
The American note also indicated that they would await the outcome of the discussions between Canada and the United States before taking any further action. Since those discussions are due to start in several weeks, it seems obvious that the first several weeks of the Air Canada program will be all right. Whether the rest of the program will be all right, obviously will depend on the conclusion of those discussions. I have no reason to doubt that they will be all right.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: AIR TRANSPORT