Sweet visit: Premier makes ‘whistle-sap’ at Sand Road Maple Farm

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell, Premier Doug Ford and Sand Road Maple Farm co-owner Angela Coleman, this afternoon at the North Stormont Township sugarbush operation. Courtesy photo

North Stormont Township operation hosts Doug Ford this afternoon

MOOSE CREEK — A local sugarbush hosted Ontario’s first minister this afternoon as Premier Doug Ford made a surprise 30-minute whistle-stop (whistle-sap?) visit at Sand Road Maple Farm.

Ford had some downtime while attending the Manning Centre’s Ottawa conference today, a conservative think-tank schmoozer possibly drier than pancakes drizzled in sweet North Stormont syrup.

The premier didn’t actually go for the delicious flapjacks when he arrived before 2 p.m. at the operation run by Angela Coleman and husband, Scott.

“He had some taffy on the snow,” Angela Coleman said. She described Ford as “fairly quiet” during the visit.

He toured the outdoor facilities before heading inside for a look at the pancake house, where the restaurant’s regular fiddler also happened to be playing, according to the proprietor.

Patrons “seemed to be nicely surprised” when Ford walked in, she said.

Local Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell, member of Ford’s Tory caucus, accompanied the provincial leader on the sweet outing. McDonell was on crutches during their trek, hobbled by recent hip-replacement surgery.




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