Canada’s 2019 federal election is finally over. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has managed to battle through a scandal-ridden campaign and secure himself a second term as prime minister. In the end, it came down to a tight race between Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. However, now that the dust has settled, people are beginning to question whether Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s lack of involvement might’ve contributed to the Conservative loss.
Ford was notably absent during Scheer’s campaign. Global News reported back in September that the premier had stated that he was too busy governing to campaign for the Conservative Leader. Trudeau continuously compared the two leaders during his campaign, which some believed could’ve helped the prime minister stay in power.
Ford seemed to reappear on Tuesday morning just in time to congratulate Trudeau on his electoral victory. "I want to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his re-election and congratulate all federal leaders on a hard-fought campaign to ensure Canadians' voices are heard on the important issues facing this country,” a statement from Ontario leader read.
“Our government looks forward to working with the Prime Minister, and with all federal parties, to build better public services and make life more affordable and prosperous for Ontarians and all Canadians,” it added.
Of, course, it didn’t take long for social media to jump on the bandwagon and share their hilarious depictions of Ford’s re-emergence.
@CBCQueensPark @CBCOttawa Doug Ford coming out from under his rock https://t.co/955ZyedpKK— Sofa King Awesome (@Sofa King Awesome)1571749845.0
Doug Ford being cut loose kind of reminds me of when Sloth got let out of the basement in Goonies. https://t.co/eNHT6O9mFs— Jessy Bains (@Jessy Bains)1571749862.0
Here's footage of #DougFord reemerging post #elxn43 #ONPoli https://t.co/a19BkKpobd— Jason Lamb (@Jason Lamb)1571749914.0
Doug Ford knocks on cellar door to see if it’s okay to come out #onpoli #cdnpoli #elxn43 https://t.co/suxrEJi4fP https://t.co/peeZGEoiXh— The Beaverton (@The Beaverton)1571750071.0
Doug Ford waiting to return. #TOpoli #onpoli #cdnpoli #elxn43 https://t.co/es2u4xjvdE— Mike Beauvais (@Mike Beauvais)1571749077.0
@CBCNews Doug Ford: https://t.co/RzaiOTCgzZ— Mohamed (@Mohamed)1571748487.0
While others mourned the end of an era.
The real downside of the election is that now Doug Ford is allowed to speak in public again— Bruce Arthur (@Bruce Arthur)1571750406.0
The best part of the election was Doug Ford being in witness protection.— Keith Dunne (@Keith Dunne)1571750432.0
Doug Ford emerged from his den this morning, six more weeks of tone deaf cuts. #onpoli #cdnpoli— Steve V (@Steve V)1571750541.0
The aftermath of the election hasn’t exactly been kind to Scheer. Despite his achievement of taking the Conservative seats from 95 to 121, and winning the popular vote in Canada, some of the party’s supporters are now demanding for the leader to resign, with several suggesting that the party could have won under different leadership.