----- Original Message -----
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
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?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities / Ministre des Transports, de l'infrastructure et des Collectivités"
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 5:38 AM
Subject: Air Accident
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.
time, Transport Canada has nothing further to provide. I trust you will
understand the department's position in this matter. Again, thank you for
- Northern and Western Canada