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article imageRob Ford's immigration remarks prompt unity among opponents

By Andrew Moran     Aug 18, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - The Toronto mayoral candidates have unified after the top candidate, Rob Ford, made remarks about immigration at the recent CP24 mayoral debates when he stated: "How are we going to welcome another million people in?"
With two months until Election Day, Toronto mayoral campaigns are heating up.
During Tuesday night’s CP24 mayoral debates, Rob Ford, who has been leading recent polls, said the city of Toronto should focus on the 2.5 million people who already live in the city because “How are we going to welcome another million people in? I think we have to say enough's enough.”
On Wednesday, Ford held a news conference in front City Hall at 1 p.m. where he accused his political opponents of attempting to spin his comments but still standing by his remarks he made on Tuesday:
“Until we get our fiscal house in order (we can’t) welcome more people. Right now we’re not in any shape to welcome people,” said Ford, according to the Toronto Star. “There’s 60,000 people trying to get into affordable housing. How about all these new people coming in? They’re going to be asking to get into affordable housing, too. So the waiting list now, could it go up to 200,000 people if we bring in a million people?”
Mayoral candidates Rocco Rossi, George Smitherman, Joe Pantalone and Sarah Thomson went after Ford accusing him of “closing the door on immigration.”
In front of City Hall, Rossi confronted Ford, however, he said it was a “political game” and walked away shaking his head. Rossi then stated: “You’re running for mayor. What’s political about it?”
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