Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hogtown City Limits IX

It has not been a good week for Toronto's "large imperfect" Mayor, David Miller. He has been booted off the Metrolinx Board by Provincial Premier Dalton McGuinty, who has shown "a growing impatience" with bloviating politicians more interested in fighting turf wars than making forward progress on transit plans. Sidekick and TTC chairman Adam Giambrone also got the chop.
So now it is the turn of the so-called experts, or Liberal bagmen, who will plan transit for the the province. Robert Pritchard, a law professor, has been appointed interim-CEO of Metrolinx which will run the GO transit commuter trains. One Steve Soloman writes to the Globe and Mail: "The appointment of Robert Prichard as interim CEO is somewhat alarming, as we're told he has no experience running a commuter rail service. His only qualification, it seems, is that he uses Toronto public transit."
In another development the Federal Government has undertaken to pay $1.7m for the border security officials at the City Centre Airport. Toronto City Centre Airport, CYTZ, attracted over 500,000 passengers in 2008. Porter Airlines is adding flights to Thunder Bay from June 26 and is ramping up the fleet of locally-built Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft from eight to eighteen. Despite implacable opposition from the anti-business Mayor and former hack Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) the airport is doing just fine.

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