TPA Wants Taxpayer Handout to Pay for Airport Expansion

NoJetsTO: Blatant Cash-Grab Shows Federal Agency is Out of Control TORONTO – Once again the Toronto Port Authority is helping out Porter with its bid to expand the Island Airport. The TPA’s $100 million request in infrastructure funding serves as another stepping-stone for the waterfront jet plans. “The TPA is doing the dirty work again by demanding tax dollars to fund the Island Airport expansion,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor said. “Ottawa and Queens Park have to reject this blatant cash-grab from taxpayers.” The TPA has requested the joint federal/provincial infrastructure money for landside infrastructure “improvements” to ease councillors’ minds before a crucial City Council vote. “This rogue agency wants to use other people’s money – our tax dollars, to pay for their Mini-Pearson,” Kapoor continued. “It’s corporate welfare for the TPA and Porter; hopefully councillors realize that.” City staff have estimated that landside infrastructure needed to accommodate 4 million annual passengers at the Island Airport will cost up to $300 million. “It’s a distraction from what’s really at stake here – the multi-billion dollar revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront,” Kapoor continued. “After the backroom tax deal with the City, the TPA is now looking for a federal and provincial handout.” 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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