Another Trudeau brain fart bites the taxpayers in the a s s. Someone should ask Justin what his father was thinking. Answer should be interesting.
MONTREAL - The biggest white elephant in the history of Canadian airports will finally be put out of its misery.
Officials said Thursday they plan to demolish the $500-million Mirabel Airport terminal, once projected to be the country's main air hub, but which has sat nearly unused north of Montreal for 10 years.
Montreal's airport authority, the ADM, said the sprawling terminal will be dismantled but that the property will continue to be used as an aerospace facility.
ADM will issue a call for demolition tenders following two reports "showing that the terminal is completely outdated."
"Indefinitely maintaining an unoccupied, outdated and economically unsalvageable building would be irresponsible," ADM President and CEO James Cherry said in a statement. "Our expenses for minimally maintaining this building since late 2004 have totalled more than $30 million, in vain. Enough is enough."
Transport Canada has received two reports commissioned by the agency and agrees with the findings, says the ADM.
It would have cost $15 million upgrade the deteriorating building, which is packed with early 1970s technology as well as asbestos.
Suggestions to convert the 15-acre terminal into a hospital, a school or even an amusement park all fell by the wayside.
The Liberals under former prime minister Pierre Trudeau opened the airport amid much fanfare in 1975 after expropriating all or part of 11 villages.
With a terminal the size of Olympic Stadium and a property bigger than Montreal itself, Mirabel would have been the largest airport in the world.
However, separatist-federalist tensions torpedoed plans for highway and rail links.
The airport authority shifted international flights to Trudeau Airport in the late 1990s, accelerating Mirabel's slow decline.
Mirabel remains an aerospace centre, employing up to 8,000 people who work for companies such as Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney and Bell Helicopter.
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