YWG777, you're way too fixated on the term of "hub." It's not that important whether an airline designates the city as a hub or not, what is important is whether or not the airlines serve the market well.
As far as hubbing, really domestic routes aren't hubbed very much: you can fly nonstop on most major routes. In this context, what's the big deal with hubbing?
Also, as to CRAL being in Calgary, they're already there, and AC can't very well move their base (remember the no involuntary transfer agreement with the government as part of the merger process?). Also, CalmAir has a Winnipeg crew base, and they're a CRAL partner carrier.
And WestJet is hardly what I'd call "hubbed," they're basically a point-to-point carrier, or they use some bus stop style routes, not much true hubbing.
In the past CP didn't have the mainline network at YWG, and AC didn't have the regional network. Hopefully the combination of CalmAir/Canadian Regional/Canadian/Air Canada/AirBC gives better connectivity to develop the market.
AC_A340, I agree that the terminal at YWG needs some upgrading. Architecturally I love it, but the secured area isn't that roomy. What is really needed is an expansion, which is in the process of happening. With CanJet, RootsAir, WestJet, Transat, C3 and Royal all expanding in the market, terminal space is becoming an issue that needs to be addressed.
I rather doubt we'll see a hub player at YWG (although location is absolutely perfect for a Greyhound-style venture) but O&D, and regional traffic will be strong. YYC, YWG, YHZ, YOW, and YEG aren't really hubs (YYC is to an extent, but nothing like a really major hub) but for Canada's airlines they are what I'd call "focus cities" as they are definitely the cities that, along with the hubs at YUL, YYZ and YVR, get the most attention of airlines in terms of service.
Ray, have you heard anything of what's happening with Hamilton Airlines, or possibly some charters into YHM?