Minister Garneau Makes Right Decision for Toronto’s Waterfront

End of Island Airport expansion scheme is a win for all of Toronto.

NoJetsTO applauds Transport Minister Garneau’s comments that the Island Airport expansion will not go ahead. The minister’s clarification means the expansion proposal has been stopped.

“Today Toronto residents woke up to the good news that the threat of jets on our waterfront is removed,” NoJetsTO Chair Norman Di Pasquale said. “Minister Garneau’s comments reaffirming the Liberal position remove any doubt – the Island Airport expansion scheme is dead.”

The new Transport Minister took to Twitter late Thursday night to clarify the government’s anti-airport expansion stance.

“The federal government was elected on the promise of stopping the jets on our waterfront and we are happy it stands by its word,” Di Pasquale added. “It’s a pivotal moment for the future of our waterfront that is the result of 2.5 years of citizen-led action.”

“With countless residents from Scarborough to Etobicoke coming together to protect our waterfront this is a win for all of Toronto,” the NoJetsTO chair explained. “City Council and the Port Authority need to acknowledge the new realities and pull the plug on the expansion study.”

 “The federal government is making a prudent decision by safeguarding its large investment in waterfront revitalization,” Di Pasquale added. “We look forward to seeing continued federal support for Waterfront Toronto and a reform of the Toronto Port Authority.”

NoJetsTO is the largest group dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a regional Island Airport. As a citywide residents organization, NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Tim Ehlich, NoJetsTO Vice-Chair, 647-468-3641 or media@nojetsto.ca