John Tory met with Trudeau at city hall to discuss Toronto's spike in gun violence

Aug 13 2019, 12:05 pm

Following a recent steep spike in gun violence in the City of Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came by Toronto city hall on Tuesday to meet with Mayor John Tory and discuss how to tackle the city’s growing gun problem.

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According to the city, they also discussed Toronto’s priorities ahead of a 2019 federal election in October.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s Twitter post read that he and Tory are “working together” to keep communities safe, but also to invest in public transit, and to strengthen the city’s middle class.

The meeting comes a day after all three levels of government collaborated to funnel in $4.5 million of funding to the Toronto Police Service, to help them battle the city’s growing gun problem.

The past two weeks have seen a higher than usual number of shootings around the city, often linked to street gang activity. August long weekend alone saw 17 people shot in 14 separate incidents.

Last month saw 55 shootings total take place around the city, according to Toronto Police data. August’s number is already at over 30.

Toronto’s chief of police, Mark Saunders, has said that he will launch the police’s gun violence plan in the coming days.