'It's beyond disgusting': Mayor Tory's $48 million budget increase for Toronto police faces backlash from public

Residents say the money would be better spent on transit, affordable housing

'It's beyond disgusting': Mayor Tory's $48 million budget increase for Toronto police faces backlash from public

Toronto Mayor John Tory's latest proposal of a $48.3 million budget increase for the Toronto Police Service (TPS) has outraged many residents of Toronto.

The proposal brings Toronto police's 2023 budget to approximately $1.16 billion—higher than the police budget in 2022 and 2021, which was $1.1 billion and $1.07 billion respectively.

The investment would introduce 200 more officers in the police force, which the city describes as "priority response units".

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“One of our principal responsibilities is to keep our community safe and to keep Torontonians safe. This will show itself in a proposed 4.3 per cent increase in the police budget,” Tory said at a news conference Tuesday announcing the investment.

Tory has faced a lot of backlash by the residents of the city, who believe that Toronto needs funding in other arenas instead. Toronto is already facing a major hospital and housing crises, with high inflation and food insecurity since the pandemic.

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