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Radio-Canada: Remembering The Opening Of Mirabel

Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:12 am

On october 4, 1975, Mirabel airport was inaugurated, in presence of Pierre Trudeau and Robert Bourassa, among others.

Here is an archive file from Radio-Canada about the event, and also about the history of the project, for those interested (in French)

http://archives.radio-canada.ca/IDC-...ique_economie/mirabel_inauguration
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RE: Radio-Canada: Remembering The Opening Of Mirabel

Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:08 pm

Just a small modification to the SRC text: Some scheduled flights between the US and Mirabel took place well before 1980. In 1978, I flew YMX-ORD on AF -- they had somehow gotten the right to sell tickets on that route. (At that time, it was common for European carriers to have flights that made two stops in North America -- for example, SN flew BRU-BOS-PHL and BRU-BOS-ATL -- but it was much less common for the Euro carriers to have traffic rights between the 2 N.A. cities.)

Was it at the opening of Mirabel, or was it at some later point, that Gen de Gaulle showed up to make his [in]famous "Vive le Québec libre!" pronouncement?
 
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RE: Radio-Canada: Remembering The Opening Of Mirabel

Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:32 pm

Quoting Wideman (Reply 1):
Was it at the opening of Mirabel, or was it at some later point, that Gen de Gaulle showed up to make his [in]famous "Vive le Québec libre!" pronouncement?

De Gaulle died in 1970.
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RE: Radio-Canada: Remembering The Opening Of Mirabel

Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:05 am

Quoting Wideman (Reply 1):
that Gen de Gaulle showed up to make his [in]famous "Vive le Québec libre!" pronouncement?

As far as I can recall, that "famous" pronouncement by Charles de Gaulle on the balcony of Montreal`s City Hall occurred during his State visit to Canada in July 1967 on the occasion of the city's hosting the World Expo '67 event. Canada was celebrating its centennial as a nation then.

In short, this occurred a full 8 years before Mirabel was inaugurated and at least 5 prior to the Trudeau administration giving the go-ahead to the construction of a great airport that would sadly become a white elephant with time.

Hope this helps !

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RE: Radio-Canada: Remembering The Opening Of Mirabel

Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:56 am

"Vive le Québec libre!" was said at the occasion of Expo 67, the world fair held in Montréal. It was said during a discourse from Montréal's city hall's balcony.

Not much about airports in it. The only question relating to air transport is that De Gaulle, if he had come by plane, would have had to land at the capital's airport, Ottawa, but he came by boat, so he could land in Québec city... At the time, this crossing was also meant to be a tribute to the pioneers.

Right after the balcony discourse, however, he was somehow asked to leave ASAP, and took his plane from Dorval!
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