QUEEN'S PARK — NDP MPP for Essex Taras Natyshak released the following statement in response to new revelations about Doug Ford’s off-the-books custom camper van, the details of which were reported Monday by the Globe and Mail.
“It is absolutely shameful that Doug Ford is telling Ontarians to tighten their belts and accept deep cuts to the services families depend on, while he is spending their money on a swanky customized personal pleasure wagon.
In December, Ontarians found out Mr. Ford demanded the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) buy him a custom camper van, from his preferred source, built to his specifications, and hide the expense from Ontarians.
Now we know that the custom retrofit for the Fordmobile includes leather swivel captain chairs, a mini-fridge, a leather reclining sofa and a TV with a blu-ray player, which would have cost Ontario families $50,696 — all on top of the cost of the van itself.
There are over 4,000 people on a waiting list for affordable housing in my riding. How does Doug Ford expect them to accept his luxury van when they can’t even get a roof over their heads?
People deserve so much better than Ford’s double standard. It’s the gravy train for Ford, and cuts for everyone else.”