Minister Raitt Addresses 38th Session of ICAO Assembly on Behalf of Baird, Reaffirms Canada’s Commitment to UN Civil Aviation Organization

September 24, 2013 - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, today addressed the international civil aviation community at the opening of the 38th Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Assembly in Montréal. Representatives of approximately 191 member states were in attendance.

“The Government of Canada, along with its ‘Team Montréal’ provincial and municipal partners, who stood united in keeping ICAO in Canada, continues to be committed to this important UN organization as host country,” said Minister Raitt. “We continue to be actively involved at ICAO to support safe, secure and economically sustainable aviation worldwide. With a thriving aeronautical industry in Montréal, this world-class city remains ICAO’s natural home.”

“I look forward to fruitful deliberations during the Assembly that will ensure international aviation can continue to play a vital role in supporting the global economy.”

Since ICAO’s inception in 1947, Montréal has been the agency’s headquarters. Today, ICAO is the global centre for the development of international aviation regulations and policies ensuring the safety and security of all airline travellers.

ICAO’s 38th Assembly is taking place in Montréal from September 24 to October 4, 2013. For more information, please visit Assembly-38th Session and International Civil Aviation Organization.

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