Port Authority Ignores Will of City Council with Bullying Tactics

Passenger Cap Row Shows Toronto Port Authority Can’t be Trusted: NoJetsTO TORONTO – Less than a month after the City Council vote on the waterfront jet plans, the Toronto Port Authority is undermining the framework for negotiations with its refusal to commit to passenger caps, recent letters between the TPA and City staff show. “Instead of following the decision of City Council, the Port Authority is employing bullying tactics against City staff,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor remarked. “City Council clearly mandated passenger caps as a prerequisite for negotiations but the TPA refuses to play by the rules.” The April 1st City Council decision included provisions that call on the Port Authority to agree to a 2.4 million-passenger cap per year. The Port Authority now wants to defer any decision on the caps to an unspecified date. “Even before formal negotiations are underway, the Port Authority is recklessly pushing its Island Airport expansion agenda,” Anshul Kapoor noted. “Unfortunately, the TPA is continuing its bad tradition of undemocratic and uncooperative behaviour towards our city.” “The Port Authority’s CEO Geoff Wilson was at the Executive Committee meeting, but he chose not to speak out,” the NoJetsTO chair concluded. “The TPA’s actions on the cap issue show that it’s a rogue federal agency that cannot be trusted.” 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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