Will Ford, Tory Use City’s Share of Infrastructure Dollars for Island Airport Expansion?

Voters Deserve Clarity from Mayoral Candidates on TPA’s $100 Million Infrastructure Ask TORONTO – The TTC is effectively lobbying the provincial and federal governments to reject a $100 million TPA request for the Island Airport expansion while urging investments in bus services, recent letters reveal. Toronto voters deserve to know where mayoral candidates stand on the Port Authority’s push to divert the City’s allocation of federal and provincial infrastructure money for its jet plans. “Executive correspondence between the TTC and provincial and federal transport ministers makes it clear that money is needed for bus services, not for expanding the Island Airport,” NoJetsTO Acting Chair Norman Di Pasquale explains. “Mr. Tory and Mr. Ford should make it crystal clear that they do not support using the City’s share of provincial and federal infrastructure monies for the Island Airport expansion.” While Mr. Tory has rejected using tax dollars for the planned expansion of the Island Airport in private, he has not stated his position publicly and unequivocally. Even more troubling is Mr. Ford’s voting record as a councillor. “Back in April, Councillor Ford voted for the use of taxpayer dollars to accommodate the jets,” Norman Di Pasquale pointed out. “Where do Mr. Ford and Mr. Tory stand now? Voters should know whether their share of federal provincial infrastructure dollars will go towards transit or propping up Porter Airlines.” “We know what happened under the Ford administration: the TTC’s budget got cut while Porter lobbyists had easy access to the mayor’s office,” the NoJetsTO Acting Chair added. “Will we see a replay of this? Will Mr. Tory or Mr. Ford hand over $100 million of taxpayer money to one private business vs. improving public transit?” 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.