Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

October 06, 2010 18:00 ET

Rossi To Get Tough On Crime, Tough On Causes Of Crime

Mayoral Candidate Pledges Renewed Commitment to Community Safety

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2010) - Rocco Rossi joined with a representative of United Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (UMOVE) to call attention to the growing problem of crime in Toronto after a string of recent shootings.

Rossi said that the city was not doing enough to get guns and gangs off of Toronto streets and pledged to tackle crime with a two-pronged solution.

"As your mayor, I will get tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime," said Rossi.

Building on the launch of his platform book Together We Can yesterday, Rossi pledged to:

  • Shuffle police out of traffic court and parking enforcement and put them on our streets and in our communities.
  • Crack down on panhandling and graffiti.
  • Install police cameras in problem areas where crime is rampant.
  • Transform under-utilized schools into community centres offering youth programming and recreational activities.
  • Lead the fight for a national handgun ban.
  • Support Chief Blair's fight to keep the gun registry.

Criticizing Councillor Ford's opposition to the long-gun registry, Rossi said "Councillor Ford opposed the Chief and opposed the gun registry. We need a mayor who knows what a gun in the wrong hands can do."

Rossi said that bringing down crime and improving community safety was a matter of trust.

"[Torontonians] do not trust City Hall to keep crime off their streets and out of their neighbourhoods," said Rossi. "Together we can restore the broken trust between a City Hall which insists we're safe and residents who know the reality of the streets today."

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