“I will be asking for a minimum of $5 million or as much as $10 million—something that’s realistic…. I think $5 million would hire a lot of officers and it would make this city a lot safer. We would get these guns and gangs off our streets…. [With these other social programs], you’re throwing a lot of money at it, but at the end of the day you can’t measure exactly how many people are being helped by it. I don’t want to throw good money after bad…. I’ve never said all the programs are useless—I just want to see measurements; I want to see results.”
—Mayor Rob Ford speaking to AM640 this morning, in anticipation of a meeting this afternoon with Police Chief Bill Blair and Premier Dalton McGuinty regarding a recent spate of shootings in Toronto. Ford has consistently voted against funding for community grants, and against money offered by other levels of government for anti-gang programs, both as mayor and when he was a city councillor.