Not even two weeks out of the election, a petition is already circulating to re-name Calgary’s International Airport after Stephen Harper.
The trend of naming airports after prime ministers isn’t anything new in Canada. We have Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto and John G. Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon. So why not one for ol’ Harper, right?
Well, there’s one key difference with all the airports mentioned above: Those prime ministers were all dead by the time the place was named after them. You know, because their legacy withstood the test of time and Canadians still viewed the figures fondly, long after they were gone.
But that doesn’t seem to be stopping the brains behind this petition.
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the longest serving Prime Minister’s (sic) from Western Canada,” the petition’s creator, Curtis Mullen wrote. “For his nine plus years of service to the country, we believe that that (sic) a permanent recognition of his accomplishments needs to be made. Therefore, we are asking that the Calgary International Airport be renamed the Stephen J Harper International Airport.”
The petition so far has just shy of 6,000 supporters. But since this is a democracy and all, it was only a matter of time before someone created a counter petition dubbed “Prevent Renaming the Calgary International Airport”. That one’s already racked up almost 18,000 supporters. Which means, just like in the election, we are a nation divided. But one side certainly seems to have the, er, majority:
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) October 27, 2015
But they SHOULD rename the Calgary Airport after Harper. Airports are deeply unpleasant; high surveillance; massive greenhouse gas emitters. — Charles Demers (@charliedemers) October 26, 2015
At #HarperAirport , If your flight was cancelled you will get a secret check for $90,000
— Diyar Taeb (@Diyar1973) October 27, 2015
You know he’s still alive, right? https://t.co/eCbPSDCJT2
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) October 26, 2015
— Ed Tanas (@calgarykiaguy) October 27, 2015
Sorry, Mr. Harper. It appears the Trudeau name has bested you again.