Anshul Kapoor —
Less than a month after Toronto City Council voted on the waterfront jet plans, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is undermining the framework for negotiations with its refusal to commit to passenger caps, recent letters between the TPA and City staff show.
Passenger-cap row shows TPA can’t be trusted
Instead of following the decision of city council, the port authority is employing bullying tactics against city staff, city Council clearly mandated passenger caps as a prerequisite for negotiations but the TPA refuses to play by the rules.
The April 1, city council decision included provisions that call on TPA 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. Unfortunately, the TPA is continuing its bad tradition of undemocratic and unco-operative behaviour towards our city.”
Port authority CEO Geoff Wilson was at the executive committee meeting, but he chose not to speak out. TPA’s actions on the cap issue show that it’s a rogue federal agency that cannot be trusted.
Anshul Kapoor is chairman of NoJetsTO, 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.