Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader serves up red meat to party faithful as kickoff to June 7 election approaches
‘The party’s over with the taxpayers’ money,’ declares Ford
CORNWALL — PC leader Doug Ford drew 258 people to the Ramada Inn yesterday as he toured the region in advance of the coming election that pits him against Premier Kathleen Wynne’s incumbent Liberal government.
Ford excoriated the longtime governing party, attacking the Liberal record on the economy, provincial debt levels, taxes, red tape, “hallway healthcare,” education, and the corresponding rise of hydro rates and hydro “fat cats.”
Arriving in a bus emblazoned with his name and face, Ford was well-received by the Tory-friendly crowd, who roundly applauded their leader’s repeated slams on the Grit track record of the past 15 years.
“The party’s over with the taxpayers’ money,” he declared during a 15-minute speech.
“June the 7th, we’re going to bring prosperity to this province. We’re going to blaze a new trail of prosperity, opportunity and hope that this province has never seen before,” he said, pledging to cut taxes and directing particular ire at Wynne’s “terrible” carbon tax.
“We’re getting rid of that. We’re going to make sure we reduce the gas prices,” he said, “not put the burden of tax on the back of the taxpayers.”
Local PC MPP Jim McDonell introduced the Toronto resident — elected by the party just last month following the abrupt resignation of former leader Patrick Brown — as “the next premier of Ontario.”
Ford spent about an hour in Cornwall — shaking hands and chatting with well-wishers after his remarks — before rolling on to his next stop in Brockville.
See the video of his speech below.
Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford chats with a couple of South Stormont residents, Maureen and Bo Fodrek, during his tour stop…
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