Op-Ed: Canadian government needs to invest more in airports

The Canadian Global Cities Council released a report Thursday asking the Liberal government to invest in the growth of airports which it claimed are economic powerhouses helping the growth of the country. The Council represents 8 large chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across Canada. Adam Legge, president of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce said that policy-makers have overlooked the economic benefits and employment potential of airports saying during a discussion at the Economic Club of Canada:“Our concern is that the federal government uses airports as a cash cow and not as that enabler of global trade, global commerce, global connectivity.”

Howard Eng CEO of Greater Toronto Airports Authority that manages Pearson International Airport agreed: “Airports today are economic generators for their region. They are also economic generators for the country. We are in a competitive environment. We need to trade globally but in order to trade globally …