TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford started his second day at the helm of Canada's largest city on the radio.
Ford was on talk radio station AM640. He defended his vow to put the brakes on the $8-billion Transit City plan and dismissed the notion cancelling contracts could result in huge costs. He said contracted businesses would be more than willing to work through changes to ensure more lucrative contracts for subway construction.
The new mayor also defended Toronto police for their actions during the G20 Summit in June. The gathering of world leaders in Toronto sparked large protests downtown, which resulted in plenty of vandalism and hundreds of arrests.
"I think the police do a good job," Ford said. "Personally, if you didn't want to be down there, then you shouldn't have been down there. I didn't take my family out when there is a riot downtown."
"I have very little sympathy for the people who were down there and I support our police."
Ford repeated his commitment to keep returning calls personally.
"For me to personally talk to you it might take a few days, customer service is No. 1, I have to lead by example," Ford said.