Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford was booed and interrupted this weekend when he told members of Toronto’s Somali community that he supports resurrecting a controversial police unit disbanded in 2017.
The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, known as TAVIS, was set up in 2006 to curb violence in high crime areas determined by police. Its formation came in the wake of the summer of 2005, the so-called ‘summer of the gun’ in the city.
TAVIS was disbanded in January 2017, according to police, two years after the province cut the unit’s annual funding nearly in half.
This is what you get for playing identity politics Doug. It’s a dirty slimy political game that will cost you on election day.