Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra’s workplace says the federal government has no plans to alter the title of Montreal’s airport, regardless of a web-based petition calling for the removing of Pierre Trudeau’s title.
“Our authorities’s precedence stays the well being and security of Quebecers and all Canadians throughout these tough instances, and that’s precisely what we’re specializing in,” spokesperson Allison St-Jean informed CBC Information in an e-mail.
“It isn’t our authorities’s plan to alter the title of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.”
That response comes after a web-based petition calling for the worldwide airport to be renamed after former PQ Premier René Lévesque collected hundreds of signatures. The petition, launched Monday morning, says new experiences about Trudeau’s response to the PQ’s election in 1976 make him unworthy of the honour.
The petition was signed by PQ Chief Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and Marie-Anne Alepin, president of the nationalist Societé St. Jean Baptiste, together with different sovereignist and labour leaders. It lists a number of causes for pulling Trudeau’s title from the airport, from his dealing with of the October Disaster to his method to the repatriation of the Structure.
It additionally cites a current CBC Information story about a telegram written by former U.S. ambassador Thomas Enders through which he stated Trudeau had recommended to Montreal businessman Paul Desmarais that he make issues as powerful as attainable for the fledgling PQ authorities and transfer jobs out of Quebec.
“Concerning the betrayals and the hurt that he inflicted on Quebec, Pierre Elliott Trudeau completely doesn’t advantage that we set him up on such a pedestal – the results of a unilateral choice Ottawa made 20 years in the past,” reads the petition.
The petition has an preliminary goal of 20,000 signatures however had collected greater than 20,800 by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Julien Coulombe-Bonnafous, spokesperson for the sovereignist Bloc Québécois, stated his celebration helps the petition however did not have sufficient time to seek the advice of its caucus after it was approached by the Societé St. Jean Baptiste on Friday.
“We expect it will successfully be factor to re-baptize the airport in honour of a persona who’s the topic of extra consensus and who corresponds higher to the picture of Quebec than Pierre Elliott Trudeau,” he stated.
It is not the primary time the airport’s title has sparked controversy. A ballot taken in November 2003, a few months earlier than the airport modified names in January 2004, discovered that 38 per cent of respondents opposed naming it after Trudeau — a determine that rose to 42 per cent amongst francophones. The ballot discovered that 34 per cent of respondents supported the transfer and 27 per cent have been undecided.
Conservative Chief Erin O’Toole stated his focus is on Canadians getting vaccinated and on working with provinces.
“These are severe allegations that former Prime Minister Trudeau needed to wreck Quebec’s financial system,” O’Toole stated in a media assertion. “We do not assist ‘cancel tradition,’ however our method to Quebec is completely reverse to that of the Liberals as a result of we’ll work with the federal government of Quebec, as our productive conferences with Premier Legault have proven.”
New Democratic Occasion Chief Jagmeet Singh skirted the query of renaming the airport.
“What Trudeau Sr. needed to do to folks in Quebec is deplorable and undemocratic, however I do not suppose anybody is absolutely shocked,” he stated in an announcement. “We perceive the frustration of the petitioners, however within the quick time period we imagine that what Justin Trudeau’s authorities must give attention to is guaranteeing that persons are getting vaccinated as shortly as attainable and that everybody has entry to the assist they should get by means of the pandemic.”
Former NDP chief Tom Mulcair recommended it is time to rethink the titles of different airports named after former politicians.
“What do John George Diefenbaker, James Armstrong Richardson, Lester Bowles Pearson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Robert Stanfield have in frequent?” Mulcair wrote in a column within the Journal de Montreal.
“They’re all useless politicians who’ve their title on the airports of a few of the largest cities in Canada. Additionally, you will observe that in a rustic that, formally, celebrates multiculturalism, the equality between women and men and variety, they’re all males, white and Christian. No ladies, no minorities, no First Nations.”
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