Leftie of the week is....
And the reaction:
"Skeptics, however, dismissed the councillor's idea as implausible. The military is not empowered to meddle in local police matters and alleged gangsters cannot be left to languish in prisons without due process.
"I don't think anybody particularly takes Councillor Mammoliti's call for the army seriously. I hope not," Mayor David Miller said".
Even former mayor Mel Lastman, the man who summoned the army for the 1999 snowstorm, rejected the idea.
"We're not an army state. What the hell is he talking about?" Mr. Lastman said in a phone interview from Florida. "[Calling in the army for the snowstorm] was about help in moving people, getting people out so they could eat, so they could get a bottle of milk, so they could get to the hospital ... this is insane what he's saying."
Does not sound like the usual response of the left to this sort of thing. Surely consumerism is to blame, and the street gangs just need a few more community centres and the like. The NDP, (the party he represented in the Ontario parliament), by the way, is affiliated to the Socialist International, although all Toronto councillors are technically independent. Sounds like he has form for doing and saying odd things.