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08/11/2015 09:13 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 01:12 EDT

Controversial blogger's comments have 'no place' in Toronto: Mayor John Tory

Toronto's mayor is calling for the cancellation of a show by an American blogger who says rape should be legalized on private property.

John Tory says the statements made by Daryush Valizadeh — who goes by the name Roosh V. — amount to hate speech and "have no place in our city."

In a series of tweets posted Monday night, Tory says that while free speech is protected in Canada, promoting violence against women is wrong.

Valizadeh replied to the mayor, saying his speech doesn't promote violence, harassment or hatred.

The so-called pickup artist is set to speak in Toronto on Saturday — the last stop of a six-city tour.

His appearance in Montreal last weekend was met with protests and denounced by that city's mayor, Denis Coderre.

One of Valizadeh's most controversial blog posts, published in February, argues that making "the violent taking of a woman" legal in a private home would eliminate any ambiguity surrounding consent by forcing women to fend off unwanted sexual encounters.

An older entry from 2013 lists 15 reasons why Toronto is "the worst city in North America for women."

Among them, according to Valizadeh, is the fact that women in the city prefer food to sex and have egos that vastly outstrip their attractiveness.

An online petition calling for Valizadeh to be barred from entering Canada drew more than 43,000 signatures.

The Canadian Press