If nothing else, Giorgio Mammoliti is outspoken.
He has advocated the city building a floating casino, setting up a municipal lottery, creating a red light district for prostitution and implementing an 11 p.m. curfew for children under 14 years of age. He’s taken off his shirt on the chamber floor and called for banning cars on the Gardiner Expressway.
And once again, Mammoliti has called on the federal government – specifically, the army – to help curb violence in his ward.
“ISIS isn’t the only thing we have to worry about in terms of terrorism. We have our own and they’re called drug dealers,” the Ward 7 councillor told reporters Tuesday night from the scene of a fatal shooting near Islington Avenue, south of Steeles.
“We have a well-established federal reserve – an army perhaps – that can come in and help police,” Mammoliti said. “They have more tools than a police department has to be able to track people down and treat them as the terrorists that they are.”
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It’s not the first time Mammoliti has called on the army to curb gun and gang violence. He first floated the idea back in 2007.
“I’m not talking about tanks, I’m not talking about armed guards on corners, I’m not talking about any of that,” Mammoliti said at the time. “I’m talking about bringing the resources and the tools that the army has at their fingertips to be able to resolve the problem immediately, so the army is a good way to do that.”
Pity that Chief Mark Saunders and the Toronto Police Service doesn’t have the resources and means to curb violence in the city, despite a billion-dollar budget. Pity we have to resort to some form of martial law in order to feel safe walking home from work.
But it’s just another zinger for Mammoliti, who, in the notable absence of Rob Ford, appears to be Toronto’s version of Donald Trump.
It’s not difficult to find examples of Mammoliti saying something outrageous. Here’s a collection of some of his most controversial quotes:
“If you smell like someone who can be a part of the Communist Party, you’re not going to be welcome on the site.”
– Explaining who is not welcome on his Facebook page ‘Save the city … Support the Ford administration'”
“This deal is like throwing a load of human feces on somebody’s lawn and then sending them a bill for the transportation costs in delivering it to their property.”
– Voicing his opinions on an LRT being planned in his ward
“We’re looking them down now and we’ll find out where they live and I’ll decide what I need to do when I find out where those 15 live.”
– His response when told there are as many as 15 pedophiles living in his ward
“As a city, a province and nation, capital punishment should be something we are talking about.”
– Weighing in on capital punishment for punishment for murderers, cop killers and pedophiles
“It’s pink lipstick on a very fat pig with flip flops on.”
– His opinion on the OneCity transportation plan
“Adam Vaughan, the new ‘Prime Minister of Toronto’, believes that input from Torontonian’s and City Council is not necessary. He can make the decisions for all of us all by himself thank you very much.”
– On arch-rival Adam Vaughan, on jets at the Billy Bishop Airport
“Communities experience problems with prostitution. Brothels exist now. They’re known as massage parlours or holistic centres. Ninety per cent are licensed, but they run illegal activities.”
– On creating a red-light district in the city of Toronto
“He would have been down in two seconds. I would have kicked him in the nuts and the face at the same time.”
– On a face-to-face confrontation with Coun. Gord Perks
Thank you, Mr. Mammoliti, for keeping things interesting.