Doug Ford refuses to distance himself from far-right mayoral candidate - 2018-09-24
Premier Doug Ford is standing by his decision to be photographed with a far-right Toronto mayoral candidate and her supporters. Asked twice by the NDP in the legislature Monday to denounce Faith Goldy and the picture taken at the annual Ford Fest barbecue in Vaughan on Saturday night, Ford did not.
Faith Goldy posted this photo on Twitter early Sunday with the caption: "Thank God @fordnation is Premier of this great again province! His respect for our officers & the taxpayer is unparalleled. The Ford family knows better than most the deep level of rot at Toronto City Hall. I can't wait to work WITH DOUG to cut taxes & Make Toronto Safe Again!" ( Twitter )
"If (the NDP) were at Ford Fest — it's the most diverse group anywhere in Canada — anywhere — of every race, of every creed, of every colour, of every religion and every political stripe. There's no group in the entire country that represents Toronto and Ontario more than Ford Nation does," the premier said, accusing the NDP of sinking to a "new low." "I can't help when thousands of people are coming at you and they're taking pictures right, left and centre." Ford did not receive a standing ovation from PC MPPs following his remarks in the legislature, as he typically does from his enthusiastic benches, and their applause was sparse. A few Tory MPPs looked visibly uncomfortable with the premier's response.