Ford says he'd rather drive than fly after NDP dubs the van he sought 'a souped-up man cave' - 2019-02-27
Premier Doug Ford said he'd rather drive around the province than fly after a New Democrat dubbed his preference in customized vans "a souped-up man cave on wheels." "I'm the only premier in history that refuses to use the premier's plane, the King Air, that costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars," Ford insisted Wednesday in a testy exchange with Essex MPP Taras Natyshak.
Premier Doug Ford defended a request to use a customized van to get around saying: "I prefer to drive around and talk to the people about things that matter — about creating jobs, lowering taxes, making sure we're lowering the heating costs, lowering gas prices." ( Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star )
"I prefer to drive around and talk to the people about things that matter — about creating jobs, lowering taxes, making sure we're lowering the heating costs, lowering gas prices," he added, claiming "we don't have enough people for all the jobs we've created." The two King Airs are used to fly premiers, the lieutenant governor and cabinet ministers is an eight-seat, twin-engine turboprop with barely five feet of room for passengers to stand. They are operated by the natural resources ministry, which also uses them to shuttle forestry workers. Natyshak accused Ford of "a lack of respect for taxpayers" in seeking $50,000 in customization on a passenger van, as revealed in court documents this week from a court case fighting the controversial appointment of Ford friend Ron Taverner as commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. It is on hold pending an ethics investigation into any political influence in the hiring.