"Canada's Meigs" Under Siege
Canadian pilots are being rallied to help save what has often been referred to as Canada's Meigs Field. Indeed, the physical and political similarities between Toronto City Centre Airport and the gone but not forgotten Chicago waterfront airport are striking. Although Toronto's island airport has been under siege for several years, a new federal proposal to outlaw a bridge from the mainland to the island will seal its fate, according to the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). The island airport is currently served by a very short ferry ride and work had actually begun on a bridge before it was cancelled in a political fight over the airport's future. During the recent federal election, COPA claims Prime Minister Paul Martin promised to outlaw the proposed bridge forever and legislation has actually been drafted to that effect. COPA is organizing a letter-writing campaign to stop the law.