Liberals Oppose Amendment to Prevent Airport Improvement Fee

WHITEHORSE – Yesterday the Official Opposition proposed several constructive amendments to the Public Airports Act. One of those amendments would have limited the government’s ability to impose any fees at airports beyond the ones that already exist.

The amendment was to clause 21(1)(k) which originally read:

21(1) The Commissioner in Executive Council may make regulations

(k) respecting fees, rates and charges for the use of public airports and for the use of services at public airports

The amended clause would read:

21(1) The Commissioner in Executive Council may make regulations

(k) respecting parking fees, rates and charges for the use of public airports and for the use of services at public airports and lease rates.

In debate of the clause the government curiously argued that they could not support the amendment because it would limit their ability to bring in new fees.

“It is not at all, in my submission to this House, a friendly amendment or a constructive amendment. What it would do, in fact — the effect of this amendment, as put forward by the Member for Lake Laberge — would be to restrict the fees that could be charged to those only for parking and for some leases.” – Minister McPhee, Yukon Legislative Assembly, October 31, 2017

The Liberals have claimed that they have no intention of bringing in new fees at our airports. That is why the Official Opposition brought forward an amendment help the government fulfill their commitment.

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Contact:
Madison Pearson
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