A week ago, Ontarians were outraged to hear that Premier Doug Ford and his party had cancelled the official the Canada Day Queen's Park celebrations. The annual party at Ontario's official legislative home was a long-running tradition dating over 50 years. When the Conservatives cancelled the party, citing low-attendance, it was a shock for many but there's finally good news. The official Queen's Park party has been saved.
On Friday, June 28, just days before Canada Day on July 1, it was announced that a picnic party would be held on the lawn of Queen's Park in Toronto to celebrate our national day. However, this celebration is not being hosted by Doug Ford. Instead, a Liberal MPP is actually stepping up to put on the official celebrations.
On her Twitter yesterday, Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter announced that she would be hosting "an old fashioned picnic for all Canadians to attend." She went on to say that "Ford cannot stop Canada Day!"
Her party, which she is calling The People's Picnic, is set to take place from 11 AM to 3 PM. Hunter says she has officially reserved the lawn at Queen's Park for the event. According to a news release Hunter also shared on Twitter, there will be a DJ, free ice cream, and fun activities like face painting.
In her official statement, Hunter said: "We are determined to continue our Canadian tradition and let the people show how they feel about a year of cuts lacklustre decision-making and political chaos incited by the Ford government. Ford can’t stop Canada Day! This government has one job - to serve the people of Ontario. Cancelling Canada day at Queen’s Park is a disservice to the families, friends and well-wishers who travel from near and far to enjoy Canada day in Ontario’s capital."
Canadians are invited to bring their own picnic blankets, coolers, and sunscreen to join in the celebration.
This new event comes after the Conservative Party faced backlash and outrage for cancelling the official Canada Day celebration at Queen's Park. Instead, they have offered free admission to the first 500 guests at various landmarks across Ontario.