AIA hosted its Day on the Hill on April 4th. Some highlights of the day included meetings with key Senators, Members of Parliament and policy staff of various ministries. Specifically exciting was AIA's exposure to a number of Senators who sit on the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications and are currently conducting a study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the development of connected and automated vehicles.
During the exchanges, members of the Senate Committee agreed that the aftermarket must be a part of immediate discussion, and that the vehicle repair aspect has been neglected until now. It was also a shared understanding among all Members of Parliament and Senators that the aftermarket must continue to have access to repair and service information and that the Canadian automotive service sector must remain fair - with consumer choice at the center.