TORONTO — Toronto politicians are fuming over a recent provincial government move that ensures airport limousines can continue to pick up passengers in the city.
The city of Toronto had passed a bylaw to end the practice but the bylaw was suspended after the limousine drivers and owners went to court.
Now, lawyers for the limousine operators say the court case is no longer necessary because the province unilaterally changed the City of Toronto Act on June 30.
"It was totally out of the blue," said Councillor Howard Moscoe, chair of city council's licensing committee.
"We've been stabbed in the back by (Premier) Dalton McGuinty and the provincial government."
The Ontario government acted because it wanted to ensure the airport limousine service remains in place, said a spokesperson for Municipal Affairs Minister Jim Watson.
"People rely on the viability of the (limousine) industry and the government's move maintains the current system for them," said Watson spokesperson Adam Grachnik.
"We see this as the best and fairest system for everyone moving forward."
Mayor David Miller's office was contacted by McGuinty's office shortly before the change was made, but just to say it was coming, said Miller spokesperson Stuart Green.
"There was no consultation," Green said.
Airport travellers will see no change. People in Toronto will continue to be able to use airport limousines for airport trips.
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Source: Toronto Star