Ford brothers back downtown casino ahead of committee debate
Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug voiced their support for a casino in downtown Toronto on Sunday's edition of NEWSTALK 1010's The City.
They urged the public to show up at Monday morning's executive committee meeting where the issue will be discussed.
The floor will be opened up for residents to make deputations and the committee will decide whether to send the casino concept to the public consultation process, essentially moving the plans another step forward.
Convinced by a recently-released report commissioned by the city, Rob Ford says a downtown casino would be a good deal for Toronto.
"You're looking at over $200 million and its going to create 10,000 permanent, good-paying union jobs," says Mayor Ford.
While he and councillor Doug Ford are sold on the idea, some councillors, like Adam Vaughan, have doubts that those 'jackpot' estimates are accurate.
Councillor Doug Ford argues that if Toronto turns down the casino, and a suburb like Markham or Mississauga steps in to fill the void, the social ills that accompany a casino will spill into Toronto.
The Fords also railed against left-leaning city councillors, accusing them of irresponsible spending.
They complain that as soon as City Hall finds a way to save money, those councillors immediately turn around and spend more.
Both brothers want to block councillors from charging the rental cost of their constituency offices to a Council account that is not linked to their office budgets.
Doug Ford can't understand why more councillors do not make house calls, rather than hold meetings in constituency offices.
"I believe if someone calls you, you go to their door," he said.
The Fords also made a wager on the US presidential election.
Much to Doug's disgust, the mayor is picking Barack Obama to win.
Doug proceeded to tease his brother about "being a leftie" and predicted that the win will go to Mitt Romney.
Moore in the Morning host John Moore also made a surprise visit to hold the Fords to account for remarks made on last week's show.
He took them up on Rob's challenge to a 'toe-to-toe' debate after Doug called out members of NEWSTALK 1010's morning Roundtable for treating the Rob and Doug 'unfairly.'
Stay tuned to NEWSTALK 1010 to find out when the Fords will match wits with the Roundtable.
The City airs Sundays at 1:00pm on NEWSTALK 1010.