Doug Ford's popularity plummets as pandemic takes its toll - 2021-04-22

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F182.png Doug Ford's popularity plummets as pandemic takes its toll April 22, 2021, Éric Grenier, CBC News

If Ontario Premier Doug Ford is defeated in next year's provincial election, he might look back at this past week as the beginning of the end for his government — the moment when his pandemic-fuelled popularity came to a sudden halt.

As the province's third wave hit record highs in daily COVID-19 case counts and new admissions to Ontario's already-strained hospitals, Ford's government introduced new measures last Friday that threw up checkpoints at the province's borders, gave police officers sweeping new powers and shut down a number of outdoor activities that most health experts have deemed safe .

Less than 24 hours later — and following a public outcry — the closed playgrounds were re-opened and police forces across the province refused the new powers they were given . Border stops duly went up on Monday but the Ottawa police are saying already that they will no longer continuously monitor crossings over the Ottawa River.

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{{cite news | first = Éric | last = Grenier | title = Doug Ford's popularity plummets as pandemic takes its toll | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/grenier-ford-polls-1.5996751 | work = CBC News | date = April 22, 2021 | accessdate = April 27, 2021 }}