Sunday, October 22, 2006

Federal Appointments to the Toronto Port Authority, Part 4

Good news for federal civil servants and good news for Porter Airlines [CNW, Porter Airlines signs airfare discount agreement with Government of Canada]:

Porter Airlines and the Government of Canada have signed an agreement offering federal employees increased choice and flexibility when flying between Toronto and Ottawa. Porter is the first airline to sign such an agreement prior to start-up. The agreement is in support of the government's Shared Travel Services Initiative (STSI), part of Public Works and Government Services Canada.

This in and of itself is not unusual. Corporations will often cut deals with frequent or high volume users of their products or services. It's especially good for Porter Airlines, considering it hasn't even started operations yet. Extra especially good since Transport Canada is currently reviewing the status of the airport and the Toronto Port Authority.

From Transport Canada on October 17 [Minister Cannon Receives Report on the Toronto Port Authority]:

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that he has received the report on the Toronto Port Authority, prepared by Mr. Roger Tasse. The report deals with issues associated with the Toronto Port Authority and the transportation links to the Toronto City Centre Airport.

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Mr. Tasse was appointed on May 1, 2006, to review decisions and issues associated with the Toronto Port Authority and the transportation links to the Toronto City Centre Airport. The review was called to provide the Government of Canada with an independent view of decisions, actions and transactions made concerning proposals for the link to and the operation of the airport.

Boy, wouldn't that be funny if Minister Cannon found impropriety with the operation of the airport or authority. Wouldn't it? It sure would put into question the government's deal with Porter, and all those appointments to its board.

Wink wink.

Are we even trying anymore, or has that just gone out the window?

[H/T, Torontoist]

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