Luring tourists back to Toronto’s downtown area following the chaotic and violent G20 weekend is a top priority for businesses and city officials. Spending at stores, restaurants and almost every other business dropped dramatically during the June 25-27 summit that left a trail of broken windows, smashed ATMs, graffiti and burning police cars along Queen and Yonge Sts, according to Moneris Solution, a debit and credit card processing company. There are fears that Internet and media images of a burning Toronto Police cruiser and windows being smashed by protesters during the G20 may keep visitors away from the city.
As one person commented at the end of the article: "Who would want to come to Toronto, the police state capital of the world?"
Laura Penney thinks that Stephen Harper is rejoicing:
Holding the G20 in Toronto – as opposed to the more remote locations many suggested – was a golden opportunity for Harper to make this very case, very graphically, on the taxpayer's dime. The Harper government has the distinction of being Canada's most micro-managed, image-conscious government in Canadian history; those riots were no accident, whether they were fomented by police agents provocateurs or the customary Black Bloc suspects. Either way, the car-burnings and window-smashings were exactly what Harper wanted. (Can you think of a better way for him to flip the bird at hated Toronto?)
Toronto was not the only place given a black eye.
Welcome to Canada, the new Police State capital of the world.