----- Original Message -----
From: Kirsten Stevens
To: Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities / Ministre des Transports, de l'infrastructure et des Collectivités
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: Air Accident Investigation

Dear Mr. Stryde,
Thank you for your email of May 25, 2007.  Unfortunately, we do not agree with your conclusion that the Minister of Transport has no authority to request the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) increase the level of investigation into the February 28th, 2005 loss of five souls.  In my email of January 21st, I referred to The Canada Transportation Act / Safety Board Section 14(2) which states:  "Subject to section 18, the Board may investigate a transportation occurrence where a department, the lieutenant governor in council of a province or the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories or Nunavut, or the Commissioner of Yukon with the consent of the Executive Council of that territory, requests the Board to investigate and undertakes to be liable to the Board for any reasonable costs incurred by the Board in the investigation."  In other words, it is within the Minister's scope to request that the TSB class of investigation be increased above a class 5.  Mr. Preuss is not in a position to make this request, and thus we have not received a "response" to our letter to Minister Cannon.  Furthermore, the TSB's decision not to investigate for cause resulted in the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Occupational Health and Safety Inspectorate closing their concurrent investigation for lack of information.  We have approached the Ministries of Labour with our concerns.  Without the co-operation of the TSB and TCCA, the RCMP, the BC Coroner Service and WorkSafe BC are unable to further their investigations.
Are we to understand that the Minister of Transport, Lawrence Cannon, does not have concern for what caused the deaths of these five souls?  The Ministry's decision not to intercede indicates to us and our country that the Minister does not believe this sector of air transport to be important.  The Minister must be aware that the public is still awaiting the results of the "air taxi review" conducted in the Pacific Region in 2006.   The fatal nature of the extensive chain of events which turned C-GAQW's accident fatal makes it an extreme example of the many, many flaws in the current system of air taxi governance.   Are we to understand that the Minister of Transport has no concern for the abysmal accident/fatal accident rate of the air taxi (703) sector of commercial aviation?
Stay safe.
Kirsten Stevens
492 S. McPhedran Rd
Campbell River, BC
V9W 5K5
Tel:  (250)287-2725
----- Original Message -----
From: "Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities / Ministre des Transports, de l'infrastructure et des Collectivités" <MINTC@tc.gc.ca>
To: <kis.ca@telus.net>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 5:38 AM
Subject: Air Accident Investigation

Ms. Kirsten Stevens

Dear Ms. Stevens:

Thank you for your e-mail of April 12, 2007, which was further to your previous exchange of correspondence with the department regarding the investigation into an airplane accident that occurred in February 2005. 

At the outset, I would like to clarify that Mr. Preuss' letter of January 29, 2007, was in response to your letter to him of December 5, 2006, as well as your January letters to Minister Cannon. 

As stated in Mr. Preuss' letter of January 29, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is an independent agency, separate from other government agencies and departments, that reports to Parliament through the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.  The TSB's independence enables it to be fully objective in determining causes and contributing factors, as well as identifying safety deficiencies and making transportation safety recommendations.  As an independent agency, the TSB is responsible for making its own decisions without intervention by other government agencies or departments.

At this time, Transport Canada has nothing further to provide.  I trust you will understand the department's position in this matter.  Again, thank you for writing.

Yours truly,

Richard Stryde
Special Assistant - Northern and Western Canada