Meeting with John Tory Doesn't Result in More Answers on Jet Issue
Mr. Tory's Position on the Future of Our Waterfront Still Unclear After Meetings with NoJetsTO, Porter and TPA TORONTO – The NoJetsTO steering committee met with mayoral candidate John Tory earlier today to discuss his position on the Island Airport Expansion proposal - after he had met with Porter Airlines and the Toronto Port Authority. "Unfortunately our meeting with Mr. John Tory did not yield any new answers on the waterfront jet issue," NoJetsTO Acting Chair Norman Di Pasquale commented. "With only two weeks to go before citizens elects a new mayor, we are troubled that the leading candidate is unclear on the future of our waterfront." During the meeting, Mr. Tory made it clear that he wants the Toronto Port Authority to cover any potential expansion costs, including land-side improvements to deal with "the mess on Lakeshore." "We appreciate that Mr. Tory took the time to meet with us," Norman Di Pasquale, the Acting Chair for NoJetsTO explained. "We hope that he considers our position along with the TPA's and Porter Airlines" Mr. Tory suggested that he would resolve the conflict of Interest by working with the Integrity Commissioner if he is elected or his son could hypothetically step down as the President of Private Air Inc. on December 1st. Sadly, John Tory was unapologetic on cancelling the Waterfront Mayoral Debate on September 16th. While Mr. Tory was generally supportive of Waterfront Toronto’s work-to-date during the meeting, he challenged the organization's investments. "It's not just the jets where Mr. Tory lacks a position; he also wouldn't present ideas on future funding for Waterfront Toronto while ruling out borrowing," Norman Di Pasquale added. "We as NoJetsTO are concerned about the lack of vision from Mr. Tory on the future of our waterfront." "The danger to our waterfront from jets is central issue for Toronto," the Acting Chair for NoJetsTO concluded. "We call on the organizers of all upcoming debates and all media outlets to treat the future of our waterfront with utmost importance. Details on the jet issue and future work of Waterfront Toronto from all candidates will be helpful as voters make their decision." 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.