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No. H167/06For release
November 28, 2006
"BLUE SKY TO BOOST
ASIA-PACIFIC GATEWAY" − EMERSON
OTTAWA − The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the Pacific Gateway welcomed yesterday's announcement from the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, on a new international air transportation policy called Blue Sky.
Canada's New Government introduced Blue Sky to create opportunities for
travellers, businesses and the air industry. It also hopes to build upon recent
successes with the expansion of air services agreements in the Asia-Pacific
region, including China and India.
"Blue Sky is a major boost for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor
Initiative, as air transportation will help build fast and efficient linkages between
Canada and the growing economies of Asia," said Minister Emerson. "With
increased competition, more goods, services and people will move through our
western airports, as part of the Gateway."
To help Canada's air industry continue to make great contributions to our
country's growth and prosperity, Canada has developed a modernized policy for
international air transportation. The new policy reflects the evolving nature of
the global aviation market.
On October 11, 2006, Prime Minister Harper announced the Asia-Pacific Gateway
and Corridor Initiative, an integrated set of investment and policy measures
that is set to strengthen Canada's competitive position in international
commerce. The Initiative delivers significant new public investment − $591
million overall, including $321 million in immediate projects for a variety of
infrastructure, transportation technology and border security projects.
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Contacts:



Jennifer Chiu
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific
Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, Ottawa
613-992-7332



Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0700


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