What does Rob Ford want? - Macleans.ca

What does Rob Ford want?

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The mayor of Toronto doesn’t want money for social programs. Indeed, last month, he voted against accepting federal funding for a gang intervention program.

He would like to see the federal government impose harsher sentences on those convicted of gun-related crimes. And he would also like to somehow prevent individuals convicted of gun-related crimes from living in Toronto.

“I’m going to hopefully meet with the Prime Minister to see if we can toughen our gun laws,” Mayor Rob Ford told radio station AM40 Wednesday night. “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. They can go anywhere else, but I don’t want them in the city.”

Asked how he planned to force gangsters out of Toronto, Mr. Ford said: “I don’t know and that’s what I’m going to sit down with the prime minister and find out: how our immigration laws work. Obviously I have an idea. But whatever I can do to get them out of the city I’m going to, regardless of whether they have family or friends, I don’t want these people, if they’re convicted of a gun crime, to have anything to do with the City of Toronto.”

Daniel Dale notes there has been no public suggestion from police that immigrants were involved in the Scarborough shooting.