We are being told the Pickering Airport is a go. Finance Minister said on Tuesday the 7500 hectares that was taken from Pickering residents four decades ago will finally proceed to become an airport.
Additional land will also be set aside for economic development, and Flaherty says Ottawa will consult with community and business groups to figure out what to build. I hope that this is the case.
I personally have mixed emotions on this development. I think the economic impact for Peterborough will be huge. However, the environmental cost to wildlife, farm lands and wetlands must be considered as well.
This all said, the government has made the decision and work will start immediately. According to Flaherty it will take 10 years to construct the lower quadrant of lands for the airport.
No cost has yet been assigned to the construction of the airport.
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