Winnipeg Public Has Much To Learn About James Armstrong
He wasn't a prime minister, he
wasn't a celebrity. He was, all told, a "commoner," and that,
apparently, isn't good enough for the Winnipeg public to have their
airport renamed in his honor.
The Canadian government selected James Armstrong Richardson to
grace Winnipeg's airport earlier this month, to the chagrin of more
than ¾ of those who weighed in on a Winnipeg Free Press
online poll. Perhaps, opines Free Press reporter Gordon Sinclair
Jr., that's because the public is unaware of whom James Armstrong
James Armstrong Richardson was named to The Canadian Aviation
Hall of Fame's as "Father of Commercial Aviation in Canada," and
was the pioneering founder of what would become Canadian
He founded Western Canada Airways Ltd. in 1926 and his carrier
was the first national carrier to fly out of Stevenson airfield,
which later would become Winnipeg International Airport.
"It is fitting that James Armstrong Richardson, an individual
pivotal to our Canadian aviation heritage, be honored in this way,"
said Minister Cannon. "It is especially significant that this
announcement comes at a time when the airport has embarked on major
redevelopment, including construction of a new air terminal
building. Aviation is and will remain an important part of the
city's past, present and future."
is an honor to pay tribute to an aviation pioneer who founded
Canada's first national carrier 80 years ago today," said Barry
Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. "His
aviation legacy began here at Canada's first international airport
and we're proud to be part of that heritage."
"On behalf of the Richardson Family, the announcement of the
naming of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
is indeed a wonderful honor," said son George Richardson. "My
father was a true trailblazer and visionary in the field of
Canadian commercial aviation and this recognition is indeed a very
special tribute," he added.
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)
is the eight busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic,
serving 3.2 million passengers in 2005, and the 10th busiest
airport by aircraft movements.