Canadian Laws Prevent Candidates From Flying To Northern Territories | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.18.15

Airborne 05.26.15

Airborne 05.27.15

Airborne 05.28.15

Airborne 05.22.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.18.15

Airborne 05.26.15

Airborne 05.27.15

Airborne 05.28.15

Airborne 05.22.15

 

Tue, Dec 20, 2005

Canadian Laws Prevent Candidates From Flying To Northern Territories

They Can't Afford The Trip

Canadian lawmakers who passed a series of campaign finance reform laws in 2003 had the best of intentions... but unfortunately, they wound up hurting themselves. The laws now prevent candidates from flying to campaign in far-flung Arctic communities -- because the candidates simply can't afford it.

The reforms set a $1,000 limit on the amount of money one corporation can donate to a single candidate, according to Canada's CTV. The rules effectively cancelled a long-standing practice by northern airlines of giving free or discounted tickets to candidates -- and for many, that was the only way they could afford to visit the 58 communities in Nunavet and the Northwest Territories.

"The new campaign laws mean that airlines can no longer donate tickets to candidates, even thought they've done it for all candidates in the past," said Jack Hicks, an agent for Nunavut NDP candidate Amanda Ford-Rogers.

That leaves candidate's options for travel in those areas severely limited: there are no roads at all in Nunavet, and only occasionally passable roads in the N.W.T. In many cases, flying is the only option... and it's not cheap.

"Is it unfair? Absolutely," said Kirby Marshall, campaign manager for N.W.T. Tory candidate Richard Edjericon. "There are going to be a number of small communities who are just not going to get candidates in."

According to another campaign manager, as recently as 2000 both First Air and Canadian North issued four passes to each candidate to cover travel expenses into the Arctic Circle.

"That was huge," said Mark Heyck, manager for N.W.T. NDP hopeful Dennis Bevington. "We could fly quite a bit on that."

The $1,000 restriction, he added, doesn't cover the cost of a single flight to one of the cities in the N.W.T.

Last year -- during the first campaign held under the new restrictions -- Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew spent $33,000, or a third of her budget, on air travel, said campaign manager Lana Roeland.

For it's part, First Air offers candidates a reduced "commercial offer" rate on its flights, according to marketing VP Jim Ballingwall. Another option, albeit an undesirable one, is for candidates to fly standby.

That might not be enough help for some candidates, though, who may have to resort to more primative methods.

"We're feeding our (sled) dogs very, very high-quality beef," said campaign manager Marshall. He was kidding, although we're not so sure...

FMI: www.firstair.ca, www.canadiannorth.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.27.15: Did Boeing Over-Promise?, Anti-KSMO Chicanery, Jimmy Stewart

Also: FAA Hiring Astray?, Comparison Shopping LSAs, Philippines Flying Limitations, Asteroid Redirect, Wings Of Mercy, Student Launch Challenge, Alaska Air In 2013, the State of Wa>[...]

AeroSports Update: LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in Canceled

Bad Weather Hammers Sulfur Springs Texas Airport And The Ladies Who Love Taildraggers Shut Down Their May 29-31 Fly-in Just in case you haven’t been watching the news, the Mi>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.28.15)

Lessons Learned From Transport Airplane Accidents This Lessons Learned From Transport Airplane Accidents library represents some of the most major accidents and their related lesso>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.28.15): Nautical Mile

A unit of distance used in aviation and marine navigation and marine forecasts.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.28.15)

“As a pilot, your first job is to fly your own airplane. Part of that job is to scan for other airplanes.” Source: NTSB Chair Christopher Hart.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC