Of course it must be difficult for Smitherman to totally misrepresent what Ford said, as he does in the statement below, while remaining coherent. Evidently the challenge was too much for Team Smitherman to overcome.
Here's the statement from the Smitherman campaign:
22 September 2010
Please find below a statement from mayoral candidate George Smitherman concerning Rob Ford's plan to abolish Toronto's motto ‘Diversity our Strength’:
At Tuesday night’s CP24 Debate, Rob Ford was questioned several times: What would Toronto’s motto be if he were mayor? His answer – 'Open for Business.'
Sarah Thomson asked, “you would change the motto?” Rob Ford quickly replied: “absolutely."
Councilor Ford stopped just short of blaming new Canadians for Toronto’s gridlock and other problems the city faces.
Rob Ford’s words and actions at last night’s debate were a strong reminder of his stance on immigration – in a perfect world, he would stop new immigrants from coming to the city.
This is a glimpse of how City Hall will treat new and landed immigrants if Rob Ford becomes mayor.
Torontonians have less than 5 weeks to decide what kind of city they want. I believe in a diverse Toronto that builds on our strengths, not divides - that if we join together, our best days are ahead. These are our values. I love Toronto and that is the city I'm fighting for."
Blazing Cat Fur produced another fine artistic depiction: