Premier Doug Ford was captured on video this morning unveiling Ontario's first-ever "Welcome to Ontario, Open for Business" sign. The massive sign has been planted at the US border crossing into Sarnia, Ontario. In the video, Ford reveals the sign from its covering and claps. He can be heard saying, "Oh, that is nice. A quality sign."
Premier Ford previously announced that the signs will be placed at every US border crossing into the province. “We’re going to make sure the world knows that we now have a province that encourages businesses to open up,” Ford proudly explained to the media on Monday.
Premier Ford unveils his first ‘Open for business’ sign at a border crossing north off Sarnia. He called it “A quality sign” Still no word on what the signs are costing. #onpoli pic.twitter.com/E7CXkSOgaK— Richard Southern (@richard680news) November 2, 2018
But, much to the annoyance of most Ontarians, Ford has yet to let the public know how much these signs will cost. "I'm not too sure, but I'll find out and get back to you," is all Ford has said so far on the matter.
Ontario has used the video as an opportunity to share their opinions which, as you can probably guess, are all negative:
"We need to stop wasting money"— Matt Anderson (@matt_anderson0) November 2, 2018
*cancels benefits for people working on the poverty line*
*buys a huge sign*
Can’t afford to complete the Basic Income study, but plenty of cash for useless signs promoting a political party, yeah.— Neal (@Jayfan34) November 2, 2018
I can't understand how he thinks this is going to save the province. For someone talking about fiscal responsibility, this seems pretty gravy train to me! (Especially since he won't report how much they cost)— Katherine Hoy (@katinthehat444) November 2, 2018
Great idea! Literally thousands of busloads of international, billionaire entrepreneurs who are eager to invest their massive fortunes pass by this site every day on the way to Manitoba across the border from Detroit— Ash Mellercross (@scabby_mongoose) November 2, 2018
What a waste of hard earned money. @fordnation is more interested in vanity and image then the people. Going to take a leap and say not one person seeing these signs well say "well sh1t honey lets open a business in Ontario".— PrettySpazz (@Prettyspazz) November 2, 2018
As for the unveiling of the first sign, not a single person seems to have anything positive to say about it. Whether you're a Ford supporter or not, most Ontarians will likely agree that the posters aren't exactly the best use of taxpayer dollars.
If Ford continues to stay silent on the cost, Ontarians may as well take matters into their own hands by asking sign suppliers for price estimations. In fact, we may just do that ourselves. Stay tuned.