LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, October 27th, 13:10 PST
According to two competing petitions, the jury is still out as to how history will look at the nine year term of outgoing prime minister Stephen Harper.
The debate is over whether or not Should Stephen Harper deserves to have an airport named after him.
The YES side is spearheaded by outspoken columnist Ezra Levant , who launched a petition on his website, calling for Calgary’s airport to be renamed Stephen Harper International.
Levant says several other Prime Minister’s have had airports named after them, and now, after winning three elections, uniting the right, and being an MP for more than 20 years – it’s Harper’s turn.
Toronto’s main airport is named after a Liberal Prime Minister, Lester Pearson. Montreal’s main airport is named a Liberal Prime Minister, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. And Saskatoon’s airport is named after Conservative Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker.
The NO side is decidedly against the Calgary Airport being renamed.
One of the supporters of the NO vote wrote that if the airport has to be named after a person, “it should be named after the city’s mayor Naheed Nenshi, who the poster says has done much for Calgary and for the values of Canada.”
As of this writing, Levant’s YES petition had garnered 10,200 signatures, while the NO petition, has more than 6500
In an interview with Jon McComb this morning, Levant explained why he thinks it’s a good idea.
“Stephen Harper may not be everyone’s cup of tea in Toronto or Montreal, but he’s been Calgary’s hometown hero for more than 20 years. And he put Calgary on the map in the national discussion. You don’t have to love Pierre Elliot Trudeau to admit he was a great Canadian and great Prime Ministey, by certain measures.”
A surprised McComb had to clarify the comment.
“You’re saying, you’re saying that Pierre Trudeau was a great Prime Minister? Ezra Levant is saying that?”
Levant responded that though he didn’t agree with Trudeau’s policies,he could admit he was a great Canadian, and deserved to have the Montreal airport named after him.
When asked if this is just a stunt to keep himself relevant, Levant admitted it was a fair question but says that being the only Conservative news and opinion source, he’s actually the only game in town.
“We have a hundred thousand people a day coming to our website, that’s actually more than the Suns News network had…”