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Canadian Transport Minister, Senators squabble over air passenger bill of rights delay

Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau is feeling the heat from members of the Senate transport committee as they seek the culprit or cause for the delays in approving a bill to create an air passenger bill of rights.

The Liberals have urged senators to ratify the bill by month’s end so an air passenger bill of rights could be finalized as early as next year.

Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk says the Liberals are barking up the wrong tree in targeting the upper chamber for holding up the legislation. He added that they should instead blame nobody else but themselves.

Garneau says he feels there is an earnestness to pass the legislation.

The legislation would lay down rules and fines for airlines during matters where a passenger has been bumped off from an overbooked flight, experienced lost or damaged luggage or endured an overly long wait on the tarmac – but only when the carrier is accountable.

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