TPA Backroom Deal Stepping Stone for Jets on Toronto Waterfront
NoJetsTO: Alarming Lack of Transparency as City Council Nears Vote on Jets January 17, 2014 TORONTO – Strong Lobbying from the TPA and Porter leads to yet another back-room deal. The end of the ten-year tax dispute comes handy just before the crucial City Council vote on the jets. “Porter’s City Hall allies have engineered a deal behind closed doors to clear the path for the jet approval,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor emphasized. “But Torontonians deserve better than a backroom deal when it comes to our waterfront.” Comments from Councillor Shiner, part of the Executive Committee, make it clear how settling the tax dispute will make approval of the jets more palatable for City Council members. “It’s an outrageous lack of transparency when millions of tax revenues are at stake,” the NoJetsTO chair added. “Lobbyists have sabotaged the democratic process at City Hall – let’s hope it doesn’t happen with the jet vote.” “City Council will soon decide whether to hand our waterfront over to jets – for $2 million in taxes annually,” Kapoor concluded. “It’s sad that such a crucial decision could be linked to a backroom deal with the TPA.” 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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