I guess having my name as CYTZ Pilot, I should add something...
I have 150 flight hours out of TCCA, so perhaps my desire for the bridge (and something new and exciting to happen to the airport) comes from pure nostalgia. I've been following the whole bridge issue for awhile, and it angers me that in one day of council debate, a bunch of people who have nothing to do with aviation can shrug off what thousands of CYTZ employees, pilots and students have been wanting for for decades.
It seems to me, that if the bridge doesn't go through, the future for the airport looks dead. The Port Authority already loses lots of money on the airport, if countless millions more are lost, what is the real benefit of keeping the airport open? Hundreds will lose their jobs, and hundreds of students will be out on their own...Buttonville, Oshawa and Burlington aren't exactly 'close', especially for transit users like me.
If it should get cancelled, there is the issue of who gets charged with all the bills for the half-built bridge. Either the taxpayers or the Port Authority. Yup, it could come down to the taxpayers or a government entity (funded by taxpayers anyway) paying hundreds of millions of dollars NOT to build a bridge which could boost the business economy of the city. Logical!!!
It amazed me recently how much people rallied against the airport...the minute Miller started his chant, all of a sudden the airport got some kind of stigma to it. Now many people not only want to see the bridge cancelled, but the airport closed. People who don't live anywhere near the airport are starting to foam at the mouth about it! (metaphorically)
All in all, even though I don't exactly see how they're going to make a large regional expansion to such a small airport, I'd like to see the bridge. That massive ferry spewing out diesel fumes and charging $2.50 each way (it's tough being a student there!) is certainly not ideal!
But a funny addition...I remember back before the election, Miller ran a newspaper ad saying 'An expansion to CYTZ will be like an air show every day', and the picture was a PhotoShopped 737-200 cloned about a hundred times over the Inner Harbour. I looked at it and said, 'Wow that would be so cool!!!!!!!'