Can the city handle unfettered immigration without a coordinated federal/provincial/municpal policy, which has never been put in place, let alone discussed until now??
This is a no-brainer and Ford is the only candidate who's had the guts to publicly discuss it.
Ford is not against immigration, like his rivals are pretending he is.
But with three quarters of all immigrants going to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal and most of those coming to Toronto, there needs to be a coordinated policy between federal, municipal and provincial governments about where refugees and immigrants settle. Municipal infrastructure simply can't handle this influx and how to deal with it needs to be addressed and discussed.
Smitherman, Rossi and Pantalone are going to be exploitative and cynical and frankly COWARDLY in their response to this, but none of that trio actually have any workable ideas about it.
Ford and I discussed this very matter in this interview, but at that time he felt it wasn't appropriate to introduce it to the mayoral campaign. But with the recent arrival of a boatload of illegal Tamil immigrants, and the possibility of more to come, the issue is one that requires public debate.
Ford is raising an important issue that his gutless rivals are avoiding. This city needs a mayor with integrity and one who isn't afraid to tell the truth.
Let's put it this way, Smitherman, Pantalone, Thompson and Rossi all think Toronto isn't crowded enough. Ford thinks it is.
Ford has my vote.
UPDATE: Rocco Rossi, trailing in the polls in a distant 5th place and desperate, is hoping to "rally" objection to Ford's remark. Good luck, Rocco.