Sunday, September 15, 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford insists he created jobs
“Folks, I was elected on a promise to create jobs and address Toronto’s unemployment rate and that’s exactly what I’ve done,” Mayor Rob Ford said on his Newstalk 1010 show.
The city’s unemployment rate has fallen from 11% in 2010 to 7.1%, he said.
Councillor Adam Vaughan criticized Ford last week for taking credit for the boost in jobs.
Vaughan has said he’s “not sure what role Rob Ford has played” in creating jobs.
The mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford told the radio audience the “vast majority” of media “can’t stand when you have successes.
“If it went from 10% like it was last year ... up to 13%, they would be doing backflips right now, the media,” he said.
The pair stressed the key was creating a business-friendly atmosphere to attract investors.
“And again, we didn’t create the jobs personally, but you created the environment and to have the confidence of these business folks to come in and say ‘Hey, I hear it’s going to be easy to do business,’” Councillor Ford said.
Toronto’s unemployment now hovers at the same level as the rest of the country, the mayor said.
“We have created over 58,000 jobs,” he said. “We have made job creation and economic growth a key pillar of my administration and now that focus is paying off.”
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