Pro-Jets Mayor Rob Ford Attacks on Waterfront Toronto Embarrassing

Ford’s Record: Absenteeism at Waterfront Toronto Meetings, Lobbying for Jets DC_Rob_Ford02.jpg TORONTO – Jet proponent Rob Ford is renewing his misleading attacks on Waterfront Toronto for cheap political gain, adding to his sad record of sabotaging the revitalization of our waterfront. “Rob Ford never bothered to show up for Waterfront Toronto’s board meetings, but he had plenty of time for jet lobbyists,” NoJetsTO Chair Anshul Kapoor remarked. “Ford has zero credibility when he now claims our waterfront is our biggest asset. Being the prime cheerleader for jets shows Ford’s real waterfront priority.” In a press conference that used public resources for partisan purposes, Rob Ford called for the CEO of Waterfront Toronto to resign, despite the mayor lacking any powers to affect such a resignation. “First Rob Ford wanted Ferris wheels and mega-malls on the waterfront, than a casino and now jets,” Kapoor pointed out. “If Ford is concerned about tax dollars and protecting public investments, he would attack the TPA, not Waterfront Toronto.” Ford has joined pro-jets Councillor Minnan-Wong in slamming Waterfront Toronto through selective and misleading criticism while ignoring the agency’s successful track record. “Waterfront Toronto has created a Return on Investment of $3.2 billion, yet Rob Ford calls the agency a ‘cancer’,” the NoJetsTO chair emphasized. “Our waterfront is under threat from an unaccountable TPA and the Island Airport expansion, not Waterfront Toronto.” 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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