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Rob Ford says unemployed people don’t need transit

tl_ford_now-whatAt a rambling campaign press conference on Tuesday, Rob Ford made a comment that, even by his standards, was pretty bizarre: “If you haven’t got a job, you won’t need transit,” he said, according to the Sun. “If you cannot leave your house to go to or look for a job, what’s the sense in having transit?” The suggestion that unemployed people (meaning seniors and students, among others) don’t need TTC access is an odd one coming from a candidate who has constantly relied on subway promises to woo suburban voters. This and other comments Ford made during the same appearance are being interpreted as an attempt to downplay transit as an election issue in favour of economic policy, which the mayor may consider to be his real point of strength (even though it isn’t).