Premier Doug Ford booed at Special Olympics ceremony - 2019-05-15
Hundreds of people booed Premier Doug Ford at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In contrast to Toronto Mayor John Tory, whose presence at the non-partisan event was cheered, Ford was jeered when he took the stage Tuesday night.
"Boy ... you know something? I haven't heard that much energy in a long time," the premier said gamely. "My friends, boy, that's the first time I've ever had some boos." In fact, Ford was booed several times at candidate debates during the 2014 mayoral race he lost to Tory.
Eyewitnesses told the Star the premier appeared visibly shaken by the booing. On Wednesday, the opposition New Democrats pounced on the episode, saying it proves the cuts in last month's budget are not popular with Ontario families. "It sounds like the folks at the event wish the premier hadn't showed up at all," said MPP Taras Natyshak (Essex). The barbs infuriated Progressive Conservative MPPs in the legislature.