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July 6, 2006
Statement from Mayor David Miller on Toronto Island Airport
Mayor David Miller expressed concern today that air traffic at the Toronto island airport is set to increase before former federal deputy attorney-general, Roger Tasse, has completed his investigation of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) and its controversial operations on the city’s waterfront.

“The decision by Air Canada, while understandable for reasons related to corporate competitiveness, underscores the urgency of the Tasse review and highlights the inappropriateness of the port authority’s continuing push to expand the island airport,” the Mayor said.

“The future of the airport and the waterfront land on which it is situated should be decided in an open and transparent manner by the people of Toronto,” Mr. Miller added. “An unelected federal agency that conducts business behind closed doors while ignoring legitimate community concerns should not be allowed to determine the destiny of this invaluable public asset.”

Mr. Tasse was appointed in April by Transportation Minister Lawrence Cannon to conduct a review of the TPA. His report is expected in early September.

Media contact:

Don Wanagas
Director of Communications
Office of Mayor David Miller



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