Mr. Speaker, on October 31, most people will be celebrating Halloween, but the people of Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel will not be in a festive mood. This date will truly be nightmarish because it will mark the demise of Mirabel airport.
On October 31, 2004, the last passenger flight will take off and no more will land, dealing the final blow to our moribund airport and ensuring success for the federal government's plan to close, once and for all, the only airport that could have been any real competition to Pearson airport in Toronto, been a point of entry to eastern North America, and guaranteed Quebec a solid position internationally.
Halloween will never be the same for the people of Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel and the Lower Laurentians, since this date will mark the beginning of the end of almost 35 years of partisan manipulation, wasted money and decisions made without any thought for the public. The saga of the Mirabel airport is a true scandal and there is no one to blame but the Liberal government.