Mayor predicts 'thousands' of jobs to come from Chicago trip
Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, councilor Doug Ford, were back on the air on Sunday afternoon, talking about their recent trade mission to Chicago on NEWSTALK 1010's The City.
Rob Ford says he and his team hit it out of the park in Chicago.
"We're going to create, I would say, thousands of jobs out of this," he says.
Ford didn't get into specifics, like which city those jobs would be located in, but says that he expects those new jobs to be announced over the next few months.
Brother Doug Ford says Team Toronto was working hard at building relationships with Chicago's business leaders.
"This was well-worth the trip and we came back with so many great ideas," says Doug.
The councilor says those ideas include ways to give Toronto's waterfront a makeover.
Rob Ford once again insisted that taxpayers did not foot the bill for the trade mission.
"It didn't cost the taxpayers a dime, I want to emphasize that: people paid their own way and the business people paid their own way," he says.
Brother Doug added that entire business trip is being paid for by the private sector, saying that corporate sponsors like BMO stepped up to finance it.
However, some city councilors who travelled to Chicago have already said they will pay out of their own pocket and councilor Peter Milcyn has been quoted as saying City Hall will pick up the tab for city staffers who went on the trip, too.
The City airs Sunday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on NEWSTALK 1010