I can’t remember the last time I visited a place that was more hospitible than this. Bill Restall, the airport director up here and a member of the ACI-NA board invited Debby McElroy and me up here to meet with his board.
We were supposed to fly to northern Saskatchewan on Monday but the weather up there was bad and we couldn’t go. It was too bad, it is supposed to be beautiful up there, and very unspoiled.
We spent the time touring the city, including some Saskatoon berry pie and a visit to the Diefenbaker Center, the library and museum dedicated to Saskatchewans only Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker. The museum is said to be based on the Harry Truman museum, including the fact that Diefenbaker and his wife are buried on the grounds.
Today we met with the board, prior to that I gave a speech to about 100 business and government leaders. I talked about the importance of airports as engines of economic growth and that the days of viewing them as mere facilities are over, though airlines are making a coordinated, worldwide effort to turn back the clock. This is an important point and I will have much more to say about that in the future.