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Avoiding the Maple Syrup Solution: Comments on the Restructuring of Canada's Airline Industry

Type: Research Studies
Date Published: November 1, 1999
Research Topics:
Governance, Privatization
There is no denying that the Canadian airline industry is going through a very difficult period. The current situation has produced calls for intervention by the federal government from many quarters including shareholders and potential shareholders, employee groups, and Parliamentarians. We agree that policy and legislative changes are needed, but believe that most of the recommendations made to the Minister of Transport by these groups, and most of the initiatives that the Minister has thus far indicated an interest in pursuing, are wrong-headed. In our view, the Minister's focus on the health of the Canadian carriers is misplaced. It is the well-being of Canadian air travellers that should be the subject of the Minister's concern.
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