Have Your Say!
‘Not another Mirabel’ has become a slogan for those who want to prevent new instances of wasted taxpayers’ money on a monumental scale. In the early Seventies, just before the expropriation to build a new Toronto International Airport in Pickering, an even larger expropriation of farmland occurred north of Montreal.
Over $500 million was spent on the purchase of land and the partial construction of Mirabel International Airport, arguably the largest boondoggle in Canadian history. Today, the airport handles only cargo flights, most of the expropriated land has been deeded bck to farmers, and the remaining land is being used for other purposes, including a race-car track. The total cost in today’s dollars – approximately $2.2 billion (for more about Mirabel, see the History page).
Evern since the 1972 announcement of a Pickering airport plan, the voice of the public has been the main weapon in the arsenal of those who wanted the plan cancelled. Today, we continue to demand the permanent protection of these lands for the production of food.
Governments are susceptible to public pressure, whether through direct communication, via the ballot box, or from media exposure. We urge you to add your voice to ours by contacting Members of Parliament (particularly those representing the areas in question), or those ministers and their critics responsible for Transportation, Finance, the Environment, or Agriculture, and the Prime Minister himself. Email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses can be obtained at www.canada.gc.ca/directories-repertoires/direct-eng.html. Letters sent by mail to Ottawa do not require postage.
The following is a sample letter that can be cut and pasted into an email or printed and used verbatim. We encourage you to add your own words, thoughts, opinions, or facts.
I am writing to you to urge the federal government to cancel any plans for an airport in Pickering. The 18,600 acres that were expropriated in 1972 must be preserved in perpetuity in a Land Trust to safeguard our food supply, keep our air healthy, and our water clean.
Land Over Landings lawn signs can show your support for the cause! Signs are 18"x24" coreplast with our LOL logo and web site address in green and white, and include a stake. There is no charge and we will deliver to your door, but donations are very welcome!: