This annual report for 2009–2010 represents the 23rd report tabled in Parliament detailing the ongoing activities of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada ("Tribunal"), formerly the Civil Aviation Tribunal of Canada.
Established in 1986, the Civil Aviation Tribunal was, at that time, unique in the world as a quasi judicial tribunal set up as an independent administrative body of experts to adjudicate matters in aviation. Over the course of the first decade, the Tribunal's operations grew with the changing aviation legislation.
The responsibility for aviation matters was followed by the expansion of the Tribunal to include the rail and marine modes, pursuant to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada Act and recently transportation security issues. A review of the Tribunal's operations to date demonstrates that it has been successful in addressing the myriad of matters that have come before it in an expeditious manner.
Over the years, its practice and procedures have been flexible, innovative and straightforward and the Tribunal initially became one of the Federal government's best practices organizations.
The basic principles governing the Tribunal are those of independence and expertise in an administrative law environment espousing the principles of fairness and natural justice.
The very existence of the Tribunal, as a forum for the review of transportation enforcement and licensing decisions has, in and of itself, created an environment for the resolution of matters between Transport Canada and the air, marine and rail industries that it regulates. That is to say, the Tribunal provides a forum for the parties to talk to each other, to communicate and that alone resolves many matters such as aviation medical cases and matters in the railway sector.
The Tribunal has continued to make progress and innovations over the years, while keeping up with its expanding mandate to include cases in the marine sector and hearing more cases under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.
As the new Chairperson and CEO, I would be remiss in not recognizing the professional dedication of the staff and the Members' efforts and expertise in ensuring that the Tribunal achieves excellence.
J. Richard W. Hall
Chairperson and CEO
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