Taras Natyshak MPP, Essex

Government of Ontario

NDP Ethics critic: Ford’s hyper-partisan campaigning crossed a line

Published on March 26, 2021

QUEEN’S PARK — Doug Ford’s hyper-partisan campaigning during COVID crossed a line when he planted a former PC Party candidate and close friend to ask an obviously scripted booster question in a press conference Friday.
Jagdish Grewal, a former PC Party candidate for Mississauga-Malton, and one other obviously-partisan question were parachuted in to slam the Official Opposition and exalt Ford and his government.
“These weren’t even cleverly disguised planted questions,” said NDP Ethics and Accountability critic Taras Natyshak. “Doug Ford is up to his old tricks again — controlling press conferences, and demanding applause and praise on command.
“People are suffering during this pandemic, while Doug Ford’s focused on his electoral prospects. He’s focused on crass electioneering, begging for votes in exchange for hollow promises while dodging real questions.”
Premier Doug Ford and PC MPPs Amarjot Sandhu (Brampton West) and Nina Tangri (Mississauga-Streetsville) at the Grewal family barbecue in 2019.