As Port Authority Acknowledges Expansion is Dead, Focus Needs to Shift to Agency Reform
End of Expansion Study Final Nail for Waterfront Jets Proposal
TORONTO – NoJetsTO welcomes the announcement by the Toronto Port Authority that its airport expansion study has effectively been cancelled. The focus now needs to shift to reforming the troubled federal agency.
“Today the pro-jets camp moved from denial to acceptance by pulling the plug on the expansion study,” NoJetsTO Chair Norman Di Pasquale noted. “The airport expansion study was flawed and pointless; by ending it the Port Authority for once did the right thing.”
New federal Transport Minister Garneau went public with his decision not to lift the existing ban on jets at the Island Airport on November 12, effectively rendering the Port Authority-led study futile.
“We now hope to see swift federal action on reforming the unaccountable and undemocratic Toronto Port Authority as promised by the Liberal party,” Di Pasquale continued. “Toronto needs a Port Authority that is genuine partner for our revitalized waterfront, not a detractor.”
“It should be remembered that the Port Authority never accepted City Council-mandated passenger caps to check uncontrolled growth,” the NoJetsTO Chair added. “With the threat of airport expansion removed, we expect the Port Authority to work constructively with the City and community to resolve outstanding issues.”
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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