New Large Airport In Canada? Pickering Debate Being Revived
Trudeau government bought 16,800 acres of mostly prime farmland
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January 7, 2020 - by canadianaviator.com
- Trudeau government bought 16,800 acres of mostly prime farmland
Both sides on the future of the Pickering lands northeast of Toronto are gearing up for a renewal of the debate over a proposed major airport in the coming year.
Local politicians who favour development of the airport are ramping up their efforts to get the federal government to move on the almost-50-year-old proposal that has created simmering discord among local residents since the first Trudeau government bought 16,800 acres of mostly prime farmland in 1972.
The recent closure of the General Motors plant in Oshawa has added a new facet to the debate as pro-airport politicians look for a replacement for the high-paying jobs that were lost.
"We have a tremendous opportunity here to do something that really has never been done before," Durham Region Chair John Henry told CBC Toronto. "It's time that we get on with this and the government finally makes a decision." Henry said the airport could create 150,000 direct and indirect jobs.
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