Dueling views on how to combat gun violence in Toronto.
“If, when the three levels of government come to talk about this issue, all they want to talk about is jail, they can go to hell.”
—Councillor Adam Vaughan, (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), in response to news that Mayor Rob Ford is seeking a meeting with Stephen Harper, as well as a meeting he has planned with Premier Dalton McGuinty, regarding this week’s string of shootings in Toronto.
And then, on the other hand…
“Once they’re charged and they go to jail the most important thing is when they get out of jail, I don’t want them living in this city… [T]hat’s what I’m going to sit down with the prime minister and find out: how our immigration laws work.”
—Rob Ford, speaking to AM640, explaining what he hopes to get out of a meeting he is seeking with the prime minister. Nobody has been charged in conjunction with any of this week’s shootings, so it’s not clear that immigration played any role in the crimes. Ford also said it was a “proven fact” that homicides peaked in Toronto when community grants did (part of his general contention that community grants, which he consistently opposes in council, are not a good use of taxpayer funds)—a claim which the Star quickly debunked.