You pay, they clap: taxpayer-funded staffers applaud Ford cabinet pressers - 2018-08-01
TORONTO — Applause paid for by taxpayers and carried out by government staff is the new norm at the press conferences of Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet.
The clapping habit comes on top of the Conservatives' roll-out of a taxpayer-funded site called Ontario News Now. It's paid for by taxpayers through the Tories' caucus budget and features a former broadcaster-turned Conservative staffer delivering "exclusive content" from the premier.
The latest round of paid-for applause came on Tuesday when Community Services Minister Lisa MacLeod took questions from reporters for eight minutes before loud applause from staff cut the news conference off. One reporter was still in line to ask a question on McLeod's decision to slash income assistance and cancel the basic income pilot program.