Talking To Faith Goldy
If you haven't heard of Faith Goldy, you're about to get an introduction. She's running for mayor of Toronto and she's ready to shake up the status quo. She was born and raised in Toronto and has a love for the city that shines brightly throughout this interview. Her enthusiasm is unshakeable, despite the dreary current events that grip the daily headlines. Street violence, unaffordable housing, traffic gridlock, homelessness... the list of troubles mounts and Toronto’s decline over the past few years demonstrates the need for new leadership. Faith Goldy is promising change.
Hodgson: What are some of your memories of growing up in Toronto and how have you seen things change over the years?
Faith: The Toronto I was raised in was all the best parts of all the North American metropolises, minus all the bad parts—namely crime. When I was growing up we used to spend lots of time in parks. I recall going to places like Dufferin Grove Park and various other downtown parks and having no conception whatsoever of having threats to my safety. Flash-forward to this summer and we see a brazen drive-by shooting which caught two young girls in the crossfire.
(The incident Faith is referring to took place on June 15 and can be read about at this link. A 9-year old girl was shot in the leg and a 5-year old girl was shot in the abdomen. The youngest asked her mother if she was going to die as the ambulance raced to the hospital.)
Hodgson: The Danforth shooting was horrible.
Faith: The Danforth shooting was terrible. As a Torontonian of Greek heritage I was raised there. My father still works there. My Greek friends hang-out down there regularly. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d have to worry about an attack like that on our streets right in our backyard!
Hodgson: What are some of your solutions for crime and violence?
Faith: I want to bring back some of the solutions that were previously working, but were eliminated due to political correctness. The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) needs to be reinstituted. We need to bring back carding. We need to turn our community housing projects into gated communities with officers policing who comes in and out. We need officers to be stationed in our priority schools.
Hodgson: You want police officers in schools?
Faith: When I was in high school I was violently assaulted by a group of girls and one of their boyfriends threatened to shoot somebody if I told anyone what had happened to me. I remember thinking that I really didn’t want to talk to a teacher or principal about this, I wanted to talk to an officer. I don’t want someone today to have the same feeling that I had then. I don’t want kids to feel that they don’t have the resources needed in order to feel safe.
Hodgson: You think this happens very often today?
Faith: I was talking to a school custodian the other day in Rexdale, and he told me, “Faith...I’m cleaning blood off the walls of these hallways in this school every other day.” Someone doesn’t die so it means you don’t hear about it on the news, but it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Kids are stabbing each other in our schools. It’s wrong and it doesn’t belong in Toronto. This is all going to stop when I’m elected as mayor, because I’m going to give police the proper resources and tools to make sure everyone's welcome EXCEPT the criminals causing all this violence.
Hodgson: With all this investment in policing isn’t it going to increase costs to taxpayers?
Faith: I want Torontonians to pay less in taxes and in some areas we’ll make do with less, but when it comes to our police force we need to invest, because we now see where robbing them of resources leads to violence in our streets.
Hodgson: Let’s switch gears to another issue. The average home price in Toronto is now $785,000 and people are being locked out.
Faith: The cost of housing has skyrocketed 60% in just the last 5 years. I don’t plan to interfere with the market in anyway, but there are common sense approaches we can do to help make housing more affordable for young people.
Hodgson: Like what?
Faith: An increase in the foreign-buyers tax to start with. We need to put Torontonians first, because we’re becoming a suburb of other nations instead of a proper metropolis for our own citizens and residents. I’d also like to abolish the land transfer tax for all first time buyers.
Hodgson: Lots of millennials are first time buyers... or trying to be!
Faith: Millennials want to have an affordable place to live and we can’t keep waiting. We can’t wait to have kids until we’re 40 and finally have a roof over our heads. And we want decent homes, not the stuff these developers desire... these rice paper, glass coffins in the sky that provide 500 square feet and cost $2500 a month. We want bricks and mortar structures and we want to make homes, start a life and build a family. These dreams are out of reach right now.
Hodgson: When it comes to housing in Toronto the focus seems to be on illegal immigrants.
Faith: Justin Trudeau has allowed people illegally crossing our border to decide where they want to go. And guess what? They’ve all heard of Toronto and that’s where they all want to go! As a result we’ve seen a spike of over 400% in our city shelters. We have tent cities in which homeless people are chronically on the streets and the reason for this is that illegals are crowding them out. I’ve been down there and talked to these people. What does Justin Trudeau do? He provides taxpayer cash to house illegals in hotels! Meanwhile our homeless stay on the streets.
Hodgson: What’s your plan?
Faith: I’m going to get a bunch of buses and evacuate Toronto’s shelters and hotels. Every single illegal migrant will get a free ride to other municipalities that want them. Shy of interest from nearby municipalities, we’ll bus every single illegal migrant to the front lawn of the official residence of our Prime Minister because this was his decision not ours.
Hodgson: You’re really going to do that?
Faith: To quote Justin’s dad, ”Just Watch Me”.
Hodgson: So you’re laying the blame for this problem mostly at the feet of the Trudeau Liberals?
Faith: As the granddaughter of immigrant grandparents who came to this country legally and didn’t spend a day on social assistance, the Trudeau government has made a mockery of Canada’s immigration system and as such has spit in the face of every single law-abiding, hard-working, legal immigrant in this country. Brand new Canadians are responding very, very favourably to this policy.
Hodgson: You’ve been an investigative journalist for ten years now. What have you learned about Toronto politics?
Faith: I’ve made a life talking about politics and I can’t stand most politicians, but I love my city and that’s why I’m doing this. Unfortunately, the main thing journalism has revealed to me is just how much money it takes to be involved in politics.
I was looking at some voter I.D. software that people use for campaigns and the cost quoted was upwards of a million dollars! This is the level that you have to be able to fundraise at, just in order to compete! All this “democracy” talk about how anyone can run for office...it’s all a giant farce. You need to be in bed with the establishment. You need to have all the establishment apparatchiks around you and you need to be willing to hemorrhage a lot of your funder’s money in order to get the prize.
We’re going to run a very different style campaign. My average donation is about $20 and I don’t have people maxing out the top of the donation limit. We’re using social media to get the message out and we’re not relying on the traditional campaign infrastructure. We’re going to be market disruptors and hopefully our message will matter more than our money.
Hodgson: It is disheartening to see just how much elections are purchased these days.
Faith: It’s insane. Just think about how little politicians care about taxpayer money when they waste supporter money on campaign buys like million dollar voter I.D. software!
Hodgson: What do politicians in Toronto care about?
Faith: I think many of the folks in the current establishment are overthinking everything. No one is asking the mayor of Toronto to bring peace to the Middle East. No one is asking them to solve so-called “climate change”. All we want are safe streets that are repaired when needed and a roof over our head that is not plunging our family into generational debt. It’s not that complicated and many of the “make work” and vanity projects at city hall are the result of navel-gazing career politicians that are all too comfortable with their six-figure salaries. They’re disconnected with the average Torontonian.
My ideas, on the other hand, are resonating. These populist, common-sense ideas are starting to grow. Like I said, let’s not overcomplicate things. If things are dangerous, let’s make them safe. If things are broken, let’s rebuild them. If things are unaffordable, let’s make them affordable. It’s not rocket science and I really hope Torontonians will give me a shot.
Visit: FaithForToronto.ca in order to learn more about Faith and contribute to her campaign.