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PM presides over renaming of Halifax airport for Robert L. Stanfield (Harper-Hfx-Airport)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Halifax to officially rename the city's airport after former Nova Scotia premier Robert L. Stanfield.


September 19, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Halifax to officially rename the city's airport after former Nova Scotia premier Robert L. Stanfield.

Harper said Stanfield, who was also leader of the federal Conservative party from 1967 to 1976, was a man who "set the standard for dignity and civility" in Parliament.

"Robert Stanfield was a man of quiet dignity, a gentleman in every sense of the word," Harper told a small crowd inside the airport's observation deck.

"He inspired people, not with grand schemes or fiery rhetoric, but with practical ideas and fundamental decency."

Stanfield, famous for his self-deprecating humour and lack of egotism, died in 2003.

In 2005, the airport authority renamed the terminal building for Stanfield, but Harper's dedication changes the name of the entire airport. The airport's new official name is Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.


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