The Ontario government announced in a press conference on Friday that they would be working towards creating more protective equipment here in Canada. The news comes after President Donald Trump ordered an American manufacture to stop shipping protective equipment to Canada. Now, Doug Ford has revealed that he is "disappointed" in the American president and will never be relying on him again.
During a press conference at Queen's Park, Ford revealed his own disappointment regarding the breaking announcement that Trump had ordered manufacturer 3M to stop sending N95 masks to Canada.
"I can't stress how disappointed I am with President Trump for making this decision," Ford stated.
"I’m not going to rely on President Trump, or any prime minister or president of any other country again. Our manufacturing, we're gearing up and once they start, we’re never going to stop them.”
"As long as I'm premier, I will never, ever let this happen again to the province."
The premier of Ontario added that he had even personally called up U.S. officials to tell them how "disappointed" he was about Trump’s decision to stop protective gear from being exported to Canada.
However, Doug Ford hasn't been the only one to speak up about the issue.
Trudeau pointed out that America currently relies on its northern neighbour for several essential supplies, which would be jeopardized if PPE trade talks broke down.
“We are receiving essential supplies from the United States, but the United States also receives essential supplies and products and indeed health care professionals from Canada every single day."
“These are things that Americans rely on, and it would be a mistake to create blockages or reduce the amount of back-and-forth trade of essential goods and services, including medical goods, across our border. That is the point we are making very clearly to the American administration right now.”
The provincial government announced they are predicting that up to 1,600 Ontarians could die from COVID-19 by the end of April.
These COVID-19 Ontario predictions also estimate that the pandemic could last up to two years.