Mayor Rob Ford felt the heat from plenty of angry and concerned torontonians on Tuesday during the debate over whether to expand Billy Bishop Airport.
The meeting ended around 10:30 p.m. after listening to about 150 people who signed up to share their opinions.
Ultimately, the executive committee voted 11-1 in favour of advancing the debate and pushing the talks through to city council's meeting, next week.
There were a few changes added during the meeting that could put additional restrictions on Porter, specifically an amendment that states only a quarter of flights in and out of the airport may be jets.
The latest report from staffers also recommended capping the number of passengers at 2.4-million/year and limiting the number of takeoffs and landings to 202.
At one point, Mayor Rob Ford wanted to push for a conditional approval of the expansion, but that failed to get support by a vote of 8-4. City staffers said they don't want to rush through this process and the final decision should be put off until more research and planning can be done.
Speaking to NewsTalk 1010's Joe Warmington on The Late Shift on Tuesday evening, Mayor Ford said he was frustrated.
"I felt sorry for Bob Deluce and his team down there. He put his own money on the line, he built a great airline, and he wants a few jets. You know, you look at Europe, there are jets everywhere on island airports and it's created thousands of jobs," he said.
The mayor continued, "This is going to stimulate the economy and these councillors are just frustrating. I'm a little frustrated because I want to do it now, and they just want to make it a political issue."
Porter wants to extend the runway by 200 metres at each end and use passenger jets at the waterfront airport. However, jet-powered aircraft are banned from that site because of a triparte agreement signed in 1983 by the city, the Toronto Port Authority and Transport Canada.
Meanwhile, Ford said he isn't going to give up the fight for this expansion.
"I'm going to try to move the same motion at council next week, try to expedite it," the mayor said. He added that Deluce and his staff aren't getting ahead in a worthwhile project because of city staffers' lame-duck excuses.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is also in favour of speeding up the process and giving the airport the green light.
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