The GTAA made a reasonable gamble on behalf of Toronto residents
Reasonable gamble? I think not.
If GTAA honestly believed that they had a valid case to kick Air Canada out of those TNew gates, they obviously didn't do enough due diligence. A simple sealed motion in front of Justice Farley could have answered their question before it even became an issue.
Despite the fact that they were sitting on a tenuous position at best, the GTAA still chose to go ahead and dangle the carrot of TNew at WestJet to lure their operations from Hamilton. I think everyone agrees that without the offer of TNew gates, the chances of Clive moving his operation lock, stock and barrel up the QEW were slim indeed.
So now we have GTAA negotiating essentially in bad faith with WestJet. Once WestJet decided to make the move and the courts shot down the original GTAA proposal, they decide to move the entire WestJet operation into T2
. Who is paying for the infrastructure changes to T2
that will be needed to accomodate WestJet? Why, the very Toronto residents that you mention via the already inflated AIF. And when TNew is ready to accomodate WestJet, the same infrastructure will then be ripped out.
Turpen and GTAA were not just satisfied taking our AIF and building a Titanic out of it, they now persist in spending whatever is left to rearrange the proverbial deckchairs. If you think that is a "reasonable gamble", you've been reading too many Jack Layton newsletters.
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada