Andrew Scheer & Doug Ford Are Keeping It Long Distance During The Ontario Campaign
Andrew Scheer has started his Ontario campaign, making his first appearance in Vaughan-Woodbridge and Etobicoke. However, people have started to notice that something, or more accurately, someone, is missing. Andrew Scheer and Doug Ford have not yet appeared together during the candidate's tour through the province.
Ford was at a rural expo in northern Ontario when he was asked whether Scheer's people had reached out to him. He said they had not.
"I'm busy governing," Ford said, according to CTV News. "It's a full-time job. I always joke around, they're working me like a rented mule this whole summer. Honestly, I just haven't had time." Ford also said that he did not want to "interfere" in the federal election, adding, "I want them to go out there and have a good race and let the best party win."
Ford is not the only premier who has not appeared with Scheer during the campaign. Brian Pallister and Jason Kenney, the Premiers of Manitoba and Alberta, respectively, have also not been present at Scheer campaign events in their provinces. Kenney, however, has said that he will campaign aggressively to get Scheer elected.
Asked why he's not campaigning with Andrew Scheer, Premier Doug Ford responds: "I'm busy governing with our team, I… https://t.co/VjlLQU4S81— Mike Crawley (@Mike Crawley) 1568742825.0
The Liberal Party has reportedly used any connection between Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer they can find in their campaign. Speaking at a Liberal Ontario candidates rally, Justin Trudeau said the province's middle class "can't afford another Doug Ford."
Canadians have also noticed the lack of Doug Ford at any Scheer events, and they have taken to Twitter to talk about why the two might want to stay at arm's length (or even further, for that matter).
@CBCAlerts in other words, he knows he doing badly publicly and doesn't want to show to the rest of Canada how badl… https://t.co/VGiq2QNfUM— noneya3087 (@noneya3087) 1568760145.0
@CBCAlerts in reality....#Scheer doesn't want #Ford to f***up his chances to be prime minister..... LOL!— the_tool_guy (@the_tool_guy) 1568758755.0
@CBCAlerts Sure. Riding tractors and shaking hands must be exhausting. Face it Doug. You are a problem for the Fed… https://t.co/oHGzTj0VbG— debyoung (@debyoung) 1568760587.0
@CBCQueensPark https://t.co/4WNV4bMzsT— CalgaryObserver (@CalgaryObserver) 1568746769.0
@Mikeggibbs Footage of Andrew Scheer after hearing Doug Ford will be in the same city... https://t.co/gNC8gg3FSp— Suresh Singaratnam🎼🎺🇨🇦 (@Suresh Singaratnam🎼🎺🇨🇦) 1568802822.0
So Doug Ford thinks @AndrewScheer could get elected on a 20% approval rating? Fascinating. @FordNation #ONPoli… https://t.co/Dk05egzjAu— Tyler Watt 🇨🇦 (@Tyler Watt 🇨🇦) 1568771166.0
Andrew Scheer and Stephen Harper made a grave mistake when they picked Doug Ford for Premier. Their timing was real… https://t.co/8FlT8YEXGb— Vicki Campbell 🇨🇦 (@Vicki Campbell 🇨🇦) 1568762485.0
Ontarians also called out Ford for his "I'm busy governing" comment, reminding everyone that the Ontario government has been adjourned for an extended summer break until October 28.
@CBCQueensPark @dmrider He is not governing. They took an extended leave.— Dave K (@Dave K) 1568744555.0
@CBCQueensPark "Governing" while refusing to sit in the legislature for 5 months? Why Onatraians are not more incen… https://t.co/eYmRE2DxVB— J.J. Whelan 🌎 (@J.J. Whelan 🌎) 1568746903.0
@CBCQueensPark "Listen folks, I cannot work full time. I have been on a five month taxpayer funded vacation meeting lacrosse players"— jack mcgraw (@jack mcgraw) 1568752791.0
@CBCQueensPark What???? You haven’t done any “governing” in months. Where have you been Dougie? Chatting with Andy?… https://t.co/OWLrOh7QNC— Mary Hart 🐓🍷 (@Mary Hart 🐓🍷) 1568743191.0
The Canadian federal election will be held on October 21.
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