Toronto Port Authority releases results of City-wide survey



    
    Majority of Torontonians want port operations - including Toronto City
    Centre Airport - to stay out of City of Toronto's control
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today released
the results of a public opinion survey conducted by the national
public-opinion research firm Pollara Strategic Insights.
    The survey was conducted July 6-7, 2009, sampling 500 residents who live
within the City of Toronto. In addition to probing the opinions on the
performance of the TPA, the survey touched on a wide variety of topics,
including attitudes toward the revitalization of the Toronto waterfront, and
the Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA). Porter Airlines and several other
aviation enterprises operate out of the TCCA.
    In recent years, a handful of local and federal politicians have demanded
that the TPA be abolished, with the City of Toronto taking over its duties,
including the operation of the TCCA. According to the Pollara survey, a
majority of Torontonians (58%) oppose the concept of devolution to the City.
Only 14% of respondents "strongly supported" the idea, and 17% "somewhat
supported" the idea.
    "We were interested in what our stakeholders had to say about this
proposal, so we added the devolution question to our annual summer poll," said
Mark McQueen, Chairman of the TPA's Board of Directors. "The public reaction
was compelling, and serves as a guide for those of us involved in the economic
future of Toronto."
    The survey further probed Torontonians' attitudes toward the City of
Toronto taking over the TPA and the TCCA by asking if they would be more
supportive or opposed to this scenario if it meant removing Porter Airlines
from the TCCA. Under that scenario, public opposition to devolution grew by a
ratio of 4-to-1 against the devolution concept: 53% of Torontonians were more
opposed to devolution, while 12% were more supportive.
    "It is clear to us that Torontonians support the goals of the TPA in
building a sustainable, secure harbour community that includes a thriving
airport servicing short-haul passenger traffic," said Alan Paul, the TPA's
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is also worth noting that
this poll was conducted before the recent announcement that every TPA line of
business reported an operating profit in fiscal 2008."
    Survey results can be found on the TPA's website at www.torontoport.com,
as well as other information about the TPA.

    The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999, as a
government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the successor to
the Toronto Harbour Commissioners. It is a federal public authority providing
transportation, distribution, storage, and container services to businesses.
The TPA owns and operates the Toronto City Centre Airport, Marine Terminals 51
and 52, and the Outer Harbour Marina. The TPA also provides regulatory
controls and public works services to enhance the safety and efficiency of
marine navigation and aviation in the port and harbour of Toronto.

    
                           Relevant Survey Results
    

    Details

    Pollara surveyed a random sample of 500 City of Toronto residents by
telephone between July 6-7, 2009; the margin of error is +/- 4.4%, 19 times
out of 20. It is the third annual survey probing Torontonians' views of the
TPA, its performance and its strategic objectives. One key question involved
the topic of handing over control of the TPA and the Toronto City Centre
Airport to the City of Toronto.
    The relevant Pollara question text and answers provided were as follows:

    
        QN22N: Some have suggested that the Toronto Port Authority should be
        abolished, and that the City of Toronto should take over running all
        of the Port's duties - including transportation, public safety, and
        environmental protection responsibilities. Is this something you
        would...

                 Total Support..................          31%
                  Strongly Support..............          14%
                  Somewhat Support..............          17%
                 Total Oppose...................          58%
                  Somewhat Oppose...............          15%
                  Strongly Oppose...............          43%
                 Don't Know.....................          11%
                 Refused........................ less than 1%
                 N Size.........................          500

        QN23N: If, as part of this take over, the City of Toronto closed the
        Toronto City Centre Airport and removed Porter Airlines, how would
        this impact your support or opposition to the Toronto Port Authority
        being abolished and the City of Toronto taking over the Port's
        duties? Would it make you more supportive, more opposed, or would it
        have no impact on your support or opposition to this move? Is that
        much more or somewhat more supportive/opposed?

             Total More............................          12%
              Much More Supportive.................           7%
              Somewhat More Supportive.............           6%
             No Impact ............................          30%
             Total Less............................          53%
              Somewhat More Opposed................          14%
              Much More Opposed....................          39%
             Don't Know............................           5%
             Refused............................... less than 1%
             N Size................................          500
    





For further information:

For further information: Janet MacDonald, Toronto Port Authority, (416)
863-2003


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