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Halifax to rename airport after Robert Stanfield: report

Halifax to rename airport after late premier Robert Stanfield, says report.

The main terminal at the Halifax International Airport will be renamed to honour the late federal Progressive Conservative leader and Nova Scotia premier Robert Stanfield, according to a report.

The airport's board of directors voted unanimously for the name change after consulting Stanfield's family and both the federal and provincial governments, according to the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

An official announcement is expected this week, and a naming ceremony for the new Robert L. Stanfield Terminal Building is anticipated within a few months.

More than three million passengers pass through the airport each year, making it Canada's seventh busiest. It has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Stanfield was the premier of Nova Scotia from 1956 to 1967, and then led the federal Progressive Conservative party. He faced Pierre Trudeau in three elections, losing each time.

Since his death Dec. 16, 2003, at the age of 89, a number of tributes have been proposed. Former N.S. premier Gerald Regan suggested renaming the A. Murray MacKay Bridge, one of the two bridges spanning Halifax Harbour, after Stanfield.