Premier King speaks with Minister LeBlanc
Premier King spoke with Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs & President of the Queen’s Privy Council.
Premier King expressed his appreciation for the continued support of the federal government throughout the last seven months, but highlighted concerns with the continued delay for sector specific funding for tourism and the lack of dedicated federal support for the Canadian airline industry.
Premier King reiterated to Minister LeBlanc that further delays in support for Canadian airlines will lead to further disruptions of air travel in Atlantic Canada, similar to what was recently announced by WestJet. Premier King praised the leadership from the Charlottetown Airport Authority for working with carriers to maintain critical routes during the last seven months, but those efforts must be complemented with a significant, dedicated federal support program to assist airlines as they deal with drastic decreases in passenger travel.
Premier King also used the opportunity to urge Minister LeBlanc to work with his federal cabinet colleagues to expedite the federal support package for the tourism sector. With the traditional peak tourism season now past, tourism operators are expressing high levels of concerns on the outlook in the upcoming months and a federal support package is needed immediately to ensure that tourism remains a key economic driver for Prince Edward Island.
Premier King also mentioned that he would be raising both issues with the Prime Minister this evening during the First Ministers teleconference.
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