Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: Dale Mattson
Dale Mattson (a former employee of Transport Canada and manager of safety and security at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 1985) continues his testimony before the Commission. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Mattson, asking him about the extent of his knowledge and training related to terrorism and the phenomenon of Sikh extremism in the years preceding the bombing of Air India flight 182. He also asks about Transport Canada’s role in airport security and passenger screening and the absence of any person at Transport Canada who was responsible for ensuring that Air India was meeting its legal obligations to protect the safety of its passengers. Mr. Shore presses Mr. Mattson on his own satisfaction that Air India’s adherence to minimum safety requirements was sufficient to safeguard the public. Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada objects to the line of questioning and Commissioner John C. Major upholds the objection. A clearly frustrated Mr. Shore concludes with a series of questions about the financial and budgetary pressures that Mr. Mattson faced in attempting to fulfill his mandate. Carol McCall, Counsel for Air India, cross-examines Mr. Mattson about the details of various airport safety and passenger and baggage screening regulatory requirements in June 1985. Sandy Graham, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, makes a brief statement to clarify a detail about a document referenced earlier.