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Duly Quoted: Rob Ford on Toronto Community Housing

This week in Ottawa, the mayor will ask for matching repair backlog funding from other levels of government after all.

“We’ve achieved a great deal at Toronto Community Housing. It is 100 times better than it was three years ago…We’ve shown our commitment to resolving this issue; now we need our federal and provincial partners to do the same.”

—Rob Ford , speaking at City Hall about the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and his intention to ask other orders of government to provide matching repair backlog funding at the Big City Mayors’ Caucus this week in Ottawa. Just one month ago, during city council’s budget debate, the mayor and his brother and campaign manager Doug were the only two members of council to vote against asking other orders of government to provide matching funding for TCHC’s repair backlog—he said at the time that he didn’t want to frustrate the federal government with requests.

Before now, Ford has been a no-show at the Big City Mayors’ Caucus that takes place at the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference—and he’s been clear about his lack of interest, saying in 2012, “I don’t go to FCM. Since when do I go to FCM?” Despite his claim that TCHC is now 100 times better, during his mayoralty the repair backlog has grown by over $200 million to $864 million, the wait list for units has increased by 19 per cent from 76,000 to 90,000, and the Ford-backed CEO, Gene Jones, has faced multiple scandals, including ones involving offering housing repairs for crime tips, an investigation into questionable hiring practices, and an alleged $150,000 severance given to an executive who’d been there for four months.

Comments

  • vampchick21

    Does this man really lose track of everything he’s spewed? i think so.

  • OgtheDim

    He likely got a note from his good friend the finance minster saying that although there would be no money, it would look good to ask.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    It’s taken him three years to realize how Miller got things done without going to Toronto’s own coffers every time.

  • PabloYYZ

    If only Robbie was REALLY running on his record…

    • wklis

      Police record?

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “……….It is 100 times better than it was three years ago.”

    Of course it is, all those people you visited got to shake your hand and get a free fridge magnet.

    • PabloYYZ

      It’s amazing what five of Dougie’s 20-dollar bills can do for public housing!

  • Dinah Might

    So if I asked a random resident of TCHC whether their situation was “100 times better” than three years ago…….?

  • Astin44

    Well, council voted to ask, and The Mayor is asking. If it was any other Mayor, we’d maybe think he was doing his job as directed by Council. Of course, this is Rob, and someone probably told him that TCHC residents might be able to vote, and they may see their crumbling home as a bigger deciding factor than a fridge magnet and Mayoral sighting.

    Also, it clearly depends on one’s definition of “100 times” and “better”.

    • OgtheDim

      I would be very surprised if any TCHC resident, or anybody else, makes a decision to vote for Rob or for somebody else based solely on him not going to ask the Feds for money.

      • Astin44

        No, but it’s doing something other than just doing photo ops and hiring a questionable CEO. If the funding actually comes, then he’ll play the hero. If it doesn’t, well, the other levels of government are to blame and only Rob can stand up to them or find the “efficiencies” locally to handle it, or whatever crap he’ll spew.

        Not asking means he gets called out on the vote.

      • Punned_It

        In the last election I saw folks in TCHC talking about voting for him because “at least he would tell them the truth”. I cringed.

      • David Church

        it speaks to his flawed comprehension of the city’s budget pressures and his flat refusal to recognize that revenues must be part of the solution.

        When a possible revenue solution is a gift of free money (instead of tolls, taxes and user fees), his judgement must be questioned.

        The Scarborough LRT vs. subway debate is another example. The LRT was FULLY funded by the province – including cost overruns, operations and maintenance. The subway requires a dedicated property tax increase for the next 30 years. LRT trains are not subway trains, but they are functionally equivalent in almost every important criteria. The minor functional differences are outweighed by the fact that the LRT was free. Rob Ford and others just ignored the tax burden on Torontonians to get a subway.

    • Punned_It

      Rob and Doug know they vote. Why do you think they were handing out $20 bills in December? They’ve been doing their best to publicize Rob’s personal visits (all accompanied by a full camera crew).

      I wonder if any of the repairs he promised ever got done? And I wonder if the people on the list before them complained about it.

      If we really want to elect a Mayor in this city, and reach all the voters, it should be a ‘reality’ show. “Who Wants to be Mayor?” and we could have it sponsored by Ford natch.

  • HotDang

    Is he pulling the school yard “100 times 0 is still 0″ ploy, or is he just an insufferable, incurable pathological liar?

    • vampchick21

      I’m suspecting liar with a touch of stupid.

      • dsmithhfx

        It’s the other way around!

    • Punned_It

      Can’t he be both?

  • spicygarage

    Despite his claim that TCHC is now 100 times better, during his mayoralty the repair backlog has grown by over $200 million to $864 million, the wait list for units has increased by 19 per cent from 76,000 to 90,000

    So TCHC is actually 512 percent worse under Ford.

    • dsmithhfx

      Yes, 100 times. What he said.

  • Graeme

    He’s completely unable to speak in anything but baseless hyperbole and superlatives. He’s like a fucking toddler.

  • selonmoi

    Only 100? Don’t sell yourself short, Robbie! Why, I reckon it’s got to be a billion times better, at least!

  • Konstantine

    He seems to have no problem with his TCHC guy getting his gravy on. What a hypocrite.
    If I had any say in any other level of government, I would not trust this addict with one dime.

  • Konstantine

    Going to the FCM meetings after opposing them for so long means one thing.

    He can do blow because he’s out of the TPS jurisdiction, just like his trip to Vancouver.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      That might be the only reason he’s going. It makes sense in a sad sort of way.

      • Konstantine

        Yeah, I wasn’t kidding, I honestly think this is a big reason why he is going.

      • dsmithhfx

        He’s suddenly become a big fan of these junkets he used to scorn, when he could get it all right in Etobicoke, without a police tail.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      It’s illegal to do drugs outside Toronto too.

      • Konstantine

        ^^^^ doesn’t understand post

  • OgtheDim

    Serious question:

    Do we know if the FCM have actually invited Rob Ford or did they send the invite to Kelly?

  • Jim

    Don’t kid yourselves. Snide remarks are all fine and dandy in these goofy blogs but they don’t reflect the reality of these voters. Ford shows up and resolves complaints in these complexes. These guys don’t read this stuff. He just cemented a big voting block and stole some thunder from Chow’s agenda. Very smart move.

  • David Church

    The point is that Rob Ford has done nothing to address the capital repair backlog, to campaign for new social housing funding, or encourage creative ways to build new public housing units.