War of words between city and province continues

Ford vs Tory

The war of words between the city and the province continues.

This morning, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Councillor Mike Colle were out canvassing in Ward 8 - that's in the Eglinton and Lawrence area.

The mayor is trying to get the message out to more residents about the impact of provincial cuts to city services.  

"I am finding that people are very concerned about these cuts - that they certainly are very much in opposition to the way it's been done. And I'm being told by sources that I speak with that the MPP's are getting alot of phone calls about this. I talked to a federal member of parliament last night - admittedly a Liberal - but I talked to a federal member of Parliament who's been canvassing actively in his riding and it's not even a Toronto riding and he said it was the number one issue at the door."

And he's hoping to generate more buzz about an online petition called "Stop the Cuts", which he launched on Wednesday. It's calling on the province to reverse the funding cuts it has made to the city.

"I'm hoping the residents and I know many of them are already concerned about these cuts to child care, to public health, to transit upkeep and I hope that they will be motivated, because in some cases people sort of see it in the news, but they don't necessarily think of doing anything about it. They're busy in their own lives. I hope alot of them will either pick up the phone or either go online and sign the petition."

The Premier's office put out a statement via Twitter in response to the Mayor's canvassing efforts.

Statement posted to Twitter by Premier Doug Ford's office in response to Mayor John Tory's canvassing efforts

Statement from Premier Ford's office

It says, in part: "Our Government has stepped up and is providing funding for the largest municipalities, so they can do what we did as a province and look within to find four cents on the dollar to protect frontline services." 

Statement released by Premier Doug Ford's office in response to Mayor John Tory's canvassing efforts

Statement from Premier Ford's office

It goes on to say, "Toronto City Council would like the public to believe the only way out is to raise taxes or cut services. We know there's another option. It's time for City Council to dig deep and start looking for ways to deliver core programs better and more efficiently."

The city is facing close to $180 million in cuts.