'Bonjour!': Why Doug Ford is paying lip service to French speakers - 2019-11-24
"In French Canada, his reputation now precedes him: francophones throughout the country, including in vote-rich Québec, where the Conservatives already have very few strongholds, will for a long time associate the name Doug Ford (as well as Caroline Mulroney, for that matter) with bad news. Without his knowing, 'Black Thursday' may very well have already marked the demise of Doug Ford's political ambitions."
Premier Doug Ford's relationship with Franco-Ontarians has never been an easy one.
For many of them, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario remains the party of Mike Harris's "Common Sense Revolution." Harris's government decided unilaterally, in the late 1990s, to shut down Montfort Hospital, the only French-language university hospital west of Québec, leading to general outcry, followed by a wave of solidarity from all over French Canada, a massive public demonstration in Ottawa, and eventually, a successful court challenge.