A petition launched to rename Calgary International Airport to Stephen J. Harper International Airport is now facing a counter-petition.
The online petition to rename the airport was launched Sunday, seeking the signatures of 15,000 supporters.
“As Prime Minister Harper was the longest serving prime minister from Western Canada, let us honour his accomplishments by re-renaming the Calgary Airport in his honour,” reads a message posted along with the petition. “For his nine plus years of service to the country, we believe that that a permanent recognition of his accomplishments needs to be made.
“Therefore, we are asking that the Calgary International Airport be renamed the Stephen J Harper International Airport.”
As of Tuesday morning, the petition had received over 2,100 supporters.
Several supporters commented on the idea of naming the airport after Harper:
“This would be a great way to honour one of the best Prime Ministers Canada has ever had,” Christopher Jobe wrote. “I heartily support this petition.”
Ontario resident Stuart Duncan echoed Jobe’s remarks.
“Thank you for your ten years of service to Canada Mr. Harper,” Duncan wrote. “This is the least we can do to honor [sic] your service to our country.”
Stephen Harper airport ,that’s a great idea!
— Alan Davies (@AldaviesAlan) October 27, 2015
Why not honor SH for his contributions. Stephen J. Harper International Airport https://t.co/9uXDybvPgT
— BryanRoderick Hamman (@BryinSiam) October 27, 2015
A counter-petition was launched shortly after the original, attempting to prevent the renaming of the airport.
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“There is currently a petition to rename the airport after Stephen Harper,” wrote petition starter Alison Cowan. “I oppose this so strongly that I wanted to provide a platform for others who also oppose it.”
The counter-petition is seeking the support of 10,000 people. As of Tuesday morning, over 3,100 supporters have signed their name.
Other airports have been named after former prime ministers: Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport, (Lester B. Pearson).
The campaign to rename the airport came under fire on social media. Using the hashtag #HarperAirport, 老域名怎么购买 users sarcastically mocked the idea of renaming the airport Stephen J. Harper International Airport.
Here’s a look:
#HarperAirport Where the snow clearing equipment will be named after Rob Ford.
— StumpyJoChilds (@StumpyJoChilds) October 27, 2015
Actually #HarperAirport makes some sense. Planes have a first class and a low class… But no middle class! #cdnpoli
— Johnathon White (@johnathondwhite) October 27, 2015
At #HarperAirport, ticket prices reflect only the acquisition costs of the plane, not its operation or maintenance.
— Scotty Cameron (@twitscotty) October 27, 2015
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— Claire Kerr (@snotforprofit) October 27, 2015
#HarperAirport, where every flight is magic. Because we don’t believe in science. #cdnpoli
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) October 27, 2015
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— Gerry Porter (@ficklesonance) October 27, 2015
At the #HarperAirport everyone gets thrown under the shuttle bus.
— Barb (@barb_hill) October 27, 2015
#HarperAirport At the information kiosk your questions are never answered.
— Brian C (@CarletonPlace) October 27, 2015
At #HarperAirport, they decided to just stop talking to other airports. Or safety experts. Or incoming planes.
— DennisVanStaalduinen (@DenVan) October 27, 2015
“Welcome to #HarperAirport. I’m sorry, sir, but I’m afraid your flight is… just not ready.”
— Richard Feren (@RichardFeren) October 27, 2015
Surely #yyc Airport should be renamed Leslie Nielsen International Airport, not #HarperAirport. And don’t call it Shirley. #cdnpoli
— Andy (@UncleRee1) October 27, 2015
If we were going to name and airport for Harper, why should Calgary be stuck with it? He’s from Toronto! #HarperAirport #cdnpoli #yyc #yyz
— DAJ Hetherington (@DAJHetherington) October 27, 2015