Toronto mayor blames 154-year-old rules for failure to stop homelessness
This time Tory is drawing ridicule for a statement made Thursday morning, claiming that his inability to curb the growing issue is the product of "1867 limits on the powers of Toronto," an almost nuclear constitutional excuse that isn't cutting it for some.
Tory says given the 1867 limits on the powers of Toronto as it faces a housing crisis, need the provincial and federal governments to help with solutions— David Rider (@dmrider) August 19, 2021
Tory's seemingly throwaway comment appeared to reference Federal Conservative leader Erin O'Toole's bold promise to singlehandedly end the housing crisis.
Though the statement was shoehorned between discussions about the City of Toronto's newly-announced vaccination requirements, live tweets from the press conference immediately generated some negative buzz.
Very disingenuous remarks from @JohnTory— More Neighbours Toronto (@MoreNeighbours) August 19, 2021
Toronto, and Canadian municipalities as a whole, have a significant powers for zoning/planning/infrastructure. Existing policies are exclusive and classist, and contribute enormously to the housing crisis.
Take some responsibility! https://t.co/DszQeK9A98
Many point to the city's sweeping authority to make change through revisions to restrictive zoning policies and mandating the construction of affordable housing within the countless condo buildings built to prop up a dangerously commodified housing market.
After years of little meaningful initiative from any level of government and a situation that has spilled out into our parks and underpasses, many politicians' "head in the sand" stance is getting tiresome to some voices in the Twitterverse.
Canadian politicians will literally do anything other than accept responsibility for the housing crisis.— More Neighbours Toronto (@MoreNeighbours) August 19, 2021
The housing crisis is not a hot potato that should land with a single level of government. Municipalities are especially culpable and @JohnTory know this.
Tory's generational wealth and deep connections to big business were lampooned — which some might say could be his own fault for mentioning 1867.
Googles “how many generations of wealth does Toronto’s Tory family go back” https://t.co/PpzbSeomuO— Sean Marshall (@Sean_YYZ) August 19, 2021
To spare you some Googling, John Alexander Tory Sr. (John Tory's great-grandfather) was born in 1869 and eventually became head of the Ontario division of Sun Life Assurance Company.
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