Jets are dead, say Liberals and NDP

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The following press release was issued by CommunityAIR on September 17, 2015

Toronto’s Waterfront Protected –If  Harper Defeated

For Immediate Release Thursday, September 17, 2015

Contact:  Brian Iler, Chair  416-835-4384 (cell) 416-598-0544 (work direct)

In letters received by CommunityAIIR yesterday, Olivia Chow, speaking for the New Democratic Party, and Adam Vaughan, speaking for the Liberal Party, committed their parties to maintaining the existing prohibition on jets at Toronto’s Island Airport.

Federal government consent, in addition to Toronto’s, is required for Porter’s jets proposal to proceed. That means Porter’s jets proposal will not proceed at the Island Airport – provided Harper’s Conservatives are defeated.

Porter may operate its jets at Pearson at any time. There is therefore no economic impact.

Both expressed a similar rationale:

Chow: The NDP is committed to a clean and green waterfront. A balanced waterfront that enriches the lives of  people who live, work and play there.

Vaughan: I look forward to building on our shared vision of  a clean, green waterfront: a vision that defends the residential communities who live along the lake and the thousands of  Toronto residents who visit the harbour and the island every year.

And both went further, vowing to reform Ports Toronto, which operates the Airport.

Said Vaughan: The Liberal Party has also promised to reform the Port Authority (now called Ports Toronto). We are committed to making sure that the Port Authority holds its meeting in public and publishes its agendas and minutes as part of  each meeting. The Liberal Party will ensure that the new Port Authority will be comprised of  actual waterfront stakeholders with residents, waterfront businesses, port users and recreational and cultural organizations all represented.

The NDP’s position was: An NDP government will ensure the voices of  the residential and recreational users are represented at the Port Authority Board of  Directors by a simple amendment to the Letters Patent of  the Port Authority. We will also set up a non-partisan appointments process to put an end to decades of  Liberals and Conservatives stacking the TPA board with partisan appointees and fundraisers.

“Both parties’ commitments mirror CommunityAIR’s goals for our waterfront.” said Brian Iler, Chair of  CommunityAIR. “Porter’s Robert Deluce has relied on his strong Conservative ties – and a Ports Toronto Board stacked with Conservatives – to use the waterfront for his own and his investors' gain.

We are so pleased that he’ll no longer get his way – if  Harper is defeated, of  course.”

The letters are attached.

From Olivia Chow: NDP

To Brian Iler, Chair of  Community Air

September 16, 2015

Dear Brian,

No airport expansion. No jets. The NDP has been clear on these issues and other issues relating to the promotion of  Toronto’s waterfront as a resource for the people of  Toronto.

The NDP has a long history of  defending those ideals in Parliament and elsewhere.

The Liberals, on the other hand, took the island airport’s control out of  Toronto’s hands and gave it to the Toronto Port Authority. This amendment to the Marine Act resulted in the dramatic expansion of  the Island Airport. In 2008, Liberal MP John MacKay spoke about choosing to fly more often from the island airport and accused concerned residents of  NIMBYism.

Porter Airlines and the Toronto Port Authority have to honour the existing Tri-Partite Agreement from 1983.

An NDP government will not amend the Tripartite Agreement to permit a runway extension or jets, or for any other purpose.

An NDP government will ensure the enforcement of  the provisions in the Agreement and protect our waterfront from excessive noise and over-commercialization. We will do so working with the municipal elected representatives and waterfront residents associations. An NDP government will ensure the voices of  the residential and recreational users are represented at the Port Authority Board of  Directors by a simple amendment to the Letters Patent of  the Port Authority. We will also set up a non-partisan appointments process to put an end to decades of  Liberals and Conservatives stacking the TPA board with partisan appointees and fundraisers.

The NDP is committed to a clean and green waterfront. A balance waterfront that enriches the lives of  people who live, work and play there.

Yours truly,

Olivia Chow

Spadina-Fort York NDP

 

From Adam Vaughan, Liberal

September 16, 2015

Mr. Brian ller, Chair Community Air

7th Floor, 150 John Street

Toronto, ON M5V 3E3

Dear Brian:

Thank you for your letter dated September 11th and your acknowledgement of my support for your work on Island Airport issues.

The Liberal position hasn't changed since the by-election. The Liberal Party will not re-open the tripartite agreement. No Jets. No Expansion. Period. This position was confirmed in a letter sent by the Liberal GTA Caucus, chaired by myself, to Mayor John Tory and City Councillors on June 4th. I have attached a copy for your reference.

The Liberal Party has also promised to reform the Port Authority and amend the letters patent to reform the federal agency. We are committed to making sure that the Port Authority holds its meeting in public and publishes its agendas and minutes as part of each meeting. The Liberal Party will ensure that the new Port Authority will be comprised of actual waterfront stakeholders with residents, waterfront businesses, port users and recreational and cultural organizations all represented.

The same letter also commits to funding for Waterfront Toronto's next phase and supports removing the Gardiner.

Thank you so much for your years of consistent leadership on the waterfront, I look forward to building on our shared vision of a clean, green waterfront: a vision that defends the residential communities who live along the lake and the thousands of Toronto residents who visit the harbour and the island every year.

Yours truly,

Adam Vaughan

Liberal Candidate Spadina-Fort York

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