Deputy Mayor Kelly Wrong to Push for Jets on Toronto's Waterfront

Newly Empowered Deputy Mayor Continues Rob Ford’s Agenda with Island Airport Expansion November 20, 2013 TORONTO – Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is disappointing Torontonians with his unconditional support for jets on the city’s waterfront. Instead of stopping Rob Ford’s bad policies, the newly empowered Deputy Mayor continues Ford’s agenda. “Torontonians are yearning for a break from the Ford trainwreck – including his failed policies,” NoJetsTO Chair Anshul Kapoor said. “Instead of breaking with Ford’s agenda, Deputy Mayor Kelly is pursuing the dangerous jet plans for our waterfront.” Now in charge of the cabinet-like Executive Committee, Kelly singled out Porter’s expansion plans for the Island Airport as his personal priority in a high-profile interview. “Without Rob Ford’s cozy relationship with Porter-owner Deluce, City Council wouldn’t even be dealing with the jet plans,” Kapoor explained. “It’s disappointing to see the most powerful politician at City Hall continue where Ford left off.” The City review of Porter’s jet plans was initiated by MayorFord after several meetings with Robert Deluce and the lobbying of other Ford-allied City Councillors. “Ford wanted to ruin Torontos’ waterfront with Ferris wheels, casinos and jets – and now Kelly is following him,” the NoJetsTO chair reminded. “Why is Norm Kelly pushing for the reckless jet plans when a recent City subcommittee poked serious holes in it?” NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents across Toronto, the non-partisan organization NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO's goal is to preserve the status quo at the Island Airport by protecting the Tripartite Agreement that governs it.

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