The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) was in a jubilant mood yesterday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his new cabinet appointees; including naming Alberta MP, Randy Boissonnault as the country’s Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance.
Commenting on Bissonnault’s appointment, TIAC said that it “is extremely grateful to see the re-introduction of a dedicated Ministry for tourism, a clear acknowledgment of the importance of our industry to Canada’s overall economic growth and future prosperity for all Canadians.”
The country’s tourism industry association continued: “We warmly welcome the appointment of the Honourable Randy Boissonnault as Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, and very much look forward to working with him to ensure we will achieve the goal of rebuilding Canada’s travel economy and regaining our leading competitive position in the global tourism market.”
NACC Welcomes Alghabra’s re-appointment
The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) also took the opportunity to welcome the re-appointment of the Honourable Omar Alghabra as Minister of Transport in the new federal Cabinet.
NACC president and CEO, Mike McNaney said: “We look forward to continuing to work with Minister Alghabra and the new Cabinet. Decisions made by the federal government in the coming weeks and months will continue to directly impact the future of Canadian aviation, our employees, and the communities we serve.”
And he continued: “We welcomed the government’s announcement last week concerning standardized proof of vaccination for travellers, as well as the removal of blanket travel advisories. These are important developments for continued recovery.”
“However,” McNaney said, “with federal policy now requiring aviation employees and passengers to be fully vaccinated as of Oct. 30, the government needs to end other measures implemented prior to the full vaccination mandate, such as mandatory PCR testing pre-departure for fully vaccinated travellers coming to Canada.”
NACC’s boss continued: “In May the government’s own COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel recommended the removal of pre-departure PCR testing for fully vaccinated passengers, recognizing that testing at both departure and arrival is excessive. Steps must also be taken to enable children under 12 to be exempt from de-facto home quarantine upon returning to Canada.”
And McNaney indicated that: “As strong collaboration across government will be needed to ensure Canada’s aviation sector maximizes its economic, social and environmental sustainability potential, we also take this opportunity to congratulate the following Ministers who have been appointed or re-appointed to their roles: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland; Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, Dominic LeBlanc: Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault; Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser; Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino; Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Melanie Joly; Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault; Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos.”