John Barber’s column in the Globe today betrays a sense of defeat about the Island Airport issue. You can find it in the Print edition of the paper or the paying portion of the website, but here are a few quotes in case your access is limited.
He says that lovers of a green waterfront
conceded the defeat of their fond, ultimately naive hopes within hours of hearing — late Friday afternoon — that Transportation Minister Lawrence Cannon had appointed five new members to the largely vacant TPA board of directors. That was the definitive signal. Suddenly, the official review of the agency by former Ottawa bureaucrat Roger Tassé, which raised such hope for a fresh start on the waterfront when the Harper government announced it last May, became meaningless.
He calls the delay of the Tassé review further evidence that the battle is lost, and claims that the appointment of new board members to the TPA shows that the government has “declared loudly it has no intention of undertaking fundamental reform to a wayward agency powered by political patronage.”
Meanwhile, the Sunday edition of the Star had a great write-up about the complex issue. Read it for free while you can here.