Toronto constable Blake Acton said the city’s unvaccinated should come back to work while its criminals go back to jail.
Mayoral candidate Blake Acton retired from Toronto’s police force four years ago, but he still wants to clean up the city. He would be happy to welcome back the unvaccinated to city jobs.
“The government or the City of Toronto should not force people to have the vaccines in order to work. A lot of friends are physicians. There's a lot of people that want to work, and they've been laid off because of this,” Acton told the Western Standard.
“I would bring those people back. And I don't think the city should make the people forced into having things in them under duress.”
Acton said crime wasn’t as bad when police checked for I.D., a practice known as “carding.” He said if police are trained on its proper use, it has its place. As it is, he believes a “crack down” is in order.
“We never had carjackings before. There’s all kinds of carjackings and our mayor right now, all he's interested in is going to his festivals where there's happy times. Well, I don't think so. He talks a good talk, but I don't think he walks the walk."
“I'm a taxpayer. I'm fed up with the way the city's run. I'm having tens and tens of thousands of people that agree with me, and I'm tired of it and the people are tired of it.”
The 54-year-old says citizens are also fed up with the proliferation of bike lanes and homelessness.
“The encampments are all through the parks right now. I spoke to the people in the tents. I said, 'What brings you here?' and they said, 'I don't want to be here. The city's providing places for us to stay, but they're filled with drug dealers and prostitution and thefts and crime of all sorts,’” Acton said.
“If you're going to put people into affordable housing and then have drug addictions and alcohol issues, and they need counseling — they can't just throw them into a place and expect them to just get better [while] subjected to all kinds of criminal activity.”
Acton says the Toronto Transit Commission is acting like a “mobile shelter” for the homeless to sleep in, but criminal activity there has hit new levels.
“At the TTC there was a woman tortured to death. She was lit on fire on the TTC property. We've never had that kind of thing before. Another one was pushed onto the tracks on the TTC. People are calling me from the TTC (who) say, ‘I've been on the TTC for 15 years, I've been on for 20 years. It is horrible. I can't wait to just get my pension and move out of Toronto,’” Acton said.
“TTC subway operators, the TTC bus drivers are saying, ‘We can't even voice our opinion because the senior management — if we even say we were going to vote for Blake Acton — we're going to be given terrible jobs, we're going to be taken off the bus route that we're accustomed to, we're going to be shuffled off somewhere else.’
The TTC denies Acton’s claims.
Senior Communications Specialist Stuart Green told Western Standard, “Who TTC employees choose to vote for is their own personal business and has absolutely no impact on their jobs or work assignments.”
Acton says the political culture suppresses dissent, but it can’t keep them from the ballot box.
“Do we live in a democracy? It’s just a communist country. What is it? It's terrible when you can't form an opinion and tell someone who you want to vote for without repercussions,” Acton said.
“There's a lot of people (who) are going to be voting that are a silent majority. We've got problems in this city and to have John Tory say he's had eight years and he needs another four for unfinished business — for what? To totally bankrupt and totally destroy our city? Is that what the last four years are for? It's time for change.”