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OTTAWA – Transport Canada has quietly eliminated funding to the country’s major airports to hire police officers to patrol the terminals, a move that leaves passengers stuck with the bill.

The move comes as Transport Minister John Baird publicly touts his government’s renewed commitment to aviation security in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. commercial jet.

Transport Canada is ending its “airport policing contribution program,” which gave the country’s eight busiest airports – including Toronto’s Pearson airport – a total of $15.6 million a year to offset the cost of hiring police officers to patrol the terminals.

But since federal regulations still require an armed police presence in the terminals, airport authorities are now on the hook to find another way to cover those costs, likely by passing them along to travellers.

It’s more bad news for passengers, who already got hit by Ottawa’s decision in February to jack up security fees by some 50 per cent to pay for passenger and luggage screening.

“What does it mean for us? It means much higher costs for the travelling public,” said Paul Benoit, president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority.

“You’ll often get Transport Canada or politicians . . . commenting on how important security is. Maybe they should put their money where their mouth is,” he said in an interview.

The Canadian Airports Council also warned that passengers will have to make up the shortfall.

“The money lost will have to be raised by charging in other ways. Our members will have to raise revenue to cover the additional costs associated with that program,” said Daniel-Robert Gooch, director of communications and policy for the organization.

“Everything that increases costs for airports has to be passed on to the flying public,” he said.

He said that higher costs at airports are already pushing Canadian travellers—some 2.5 million people a year—to take cheaper flights from airports in U.S. border cities.



A spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which runs Pearson, said they’ve asked the government to reinstate the program.

A Transport Canada official said Thursday that the “safety and security of Canada’s transportation system are Transport Canada’s top priorities.”

Patrick Charette said that policing program was created in 2002 – after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror hijackings in the United States – to help the big airports “make the move quickly to a new security environment . . . and during a time when they were experiencing financial difficulty.

“The government is continually evaluating its policies and adapting its approaches to best manage safety and security while also being mindful of taxpayers’ dollars,” Charette said.

The decision to cut the program was made in the 2009 federal budget. But it made only a vague reference, saying that Transport Canada would be “phasing out certain subsidies to major Canadian airports.”

The Toronto Star filed an access to information request with Transport Canada in February, 2009, seeking more details. On Mar. 30, 2010 – a full 13 months later – the department responded, revealing that funding for police officers in airports was on the chopping block.

In a briefing note obtained by the Star, Transport Canada argues that ending the security subsidy on Apr. 1, 2010 would allow the department to “focus on its core mandate.

“Transferring responsibility for funding security at airports will assist Transport Canada to shift towards a more effective regulatory approach, focus on its core mandate and streamline its activities,” the document said.

But airport operators accuse the government of shirking its responsibility by stiffing travellers with the cost of security.

“Airlines, airports are unanimous in this, that terrorism is directed at the state. It is up to the state to protect its citizens and not to expect others to fund it,” Benoit said.

“You can’t be turning around and constantly changing regulations, demands, demands, demands and then not stepping up to the plate with the money,” he said.




now here we have harper shifting the cost of airport security to guess who? me and you, oh thanks steve lol.

so lets review , hes willing to throw pot growers in jail and recreational users but airport security , ahhhh ill just let the fools that voted me in pay for that meaning airport fees will increase , which is like holding me and you hostage, its not like we will have a choice lol
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Seems like a good move by the government. What is wrong with making the people who actually fly pay for airport policing? I thought flying was bad for the environment, so why subsidize it?
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There trying to double dip. They just increased the fees.. Now there trying to say this is over and above that.
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User Pay. What a great idea
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dogspoiler wrote:User Pay. What a great idea




ppl already pay for airports to operate, this is something the goverment made mandatory, having armed police there since 9/11, and now they are just saying screw you ppl of canada, we not going to use your tax money, we will make u pay more, so its like a extra tax, i dnt even fly, but i think its a underhanded move by harper, i heard more ppl will now fly out of the states , puting our airlines in a bad postion , and then layoffs will happen and ppl will lose thier jobs
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BCbud, the money has to come from somewhere. You either tax ALL people the usual way to pay for the police services (as was being done), or you only "tax" the people increasing their carbon footprints with their flying (as the new policy states).

I prefer the second option in this case.
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Patrick Charette said that policing program was created in 2002 – after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror hijackings in the United States


Gee, I wonder what they did before 2002? Might be an idea to dust off the old security manuals, eh?

I agree - user pay.
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lmao you ppl dnt get it. the policing is to keep canada safe, not just the passengers, so the small amount of passangers are payibg for every citazen in canada to be safe , its like adding a tax to beer to fund the armed services
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bcbudrockz69 wrote:lol you ppl dnt get it. the policing is to keep canada safe, not just the passengers, so the small amount of passangers are payibg for every citazen in canada to be safe , its like adding a tax to beer to fund the armed services


So ......... what did they do before 9/11??? Who paid to keep us safe then?
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grammafreddy wrote:
bcbudrockz69 wrote:lol you ppl dnt get it. the policing is to keep canada safe, not just the passengers, so the small amount of passangers are payibg for every citazen in canada to be safe , its like adding a tax to beer to fund the armed services


So ......... what did they do before 9/11??? Who paid to keep us safe then?

well as i understand it, before 9/11 airports werent order to have armed cops at them as in rcmp or provincial/ city cops.


so im saying it would be like taxing just ppl over 65 to pay for road repair , its not fair for a smaller section to pay for bigger amount of ppl.international airports are canadian borders to

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