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Canada Premier Doug Ford to hold 1st press conference in nearly a month Wednesday

18:40  16 october  2019
18:40  16 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford will take questions from reporters Wednesday at his first media availability in nearly a month . The premier will be in Kenora, Ont., nearly 1,900 km from Queen’s Park for an announcement at Bowman Electric with Energy Minister Greg Rickford.

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Doug Ford wearing a suit and tie: Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a press conference in Toronto. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a press conference in Toronto. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will take questions from reporters Wednesday at his first media availability in nearly a month.

The premier will be in Kenora, Ont., nearly 1,900 km from Queen's Park for an announcement at Bowman Electric with Energy Minister Greg Rickford.

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It's unclear what the announcement will be.

The majority of the Queen's Park press gallery, however, will likely not be in attendance to question Ford.

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The premier has been laying low publicly since the federal election campaign launched and may address questions related to the topic at the press conference.

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Reporters have asked Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer throughout the campaign whether he was distancing himself from the controversial Ontario premier. When Asked why Ford hasn’t made appearances, Scheer said Ford decided he was going to stay focused on Ontario politics.

However, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has repeatedly attacked Ford drawing comparisons to the policies Scheer would implement.

In October, speaking alongside mayors in Richmond Hill, Trudeau was asked why he keeps using Ford as a "punching bag."

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Premier -elect Doug Ford spoke to the media for the first time since the Progressive Conservatives won a majority in the provincial election. He said he

"I've heard from people across Ontario, indeed right across the country. From the rocky mountains, to the Bay of Fundy that people can't believe that they have elected premiers that are nowhere on the great defining fight of our time, the fight against climate change," Trudeau responded.

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"They are frustrated at cuts to education, cuts to healthcare, cuts to services that Canadians need while people like Doug Ford give tax breaks to the wealthiest."

The premier's office declined a request from Global News for a sit down interview with Ford in Kenora Wednesday.

Randall Denley: Andrew Scheer's decision to sideline Doug Ford cost him key Ontario votes .
It’s no surprise that this week’s federal election was decided by Ontario voters . Despite political parties’ obsession with Quebec, Ontario is the province where elections are won or lost. With more than one-third of federal seats, it can hardly be otherwise. What was a little more perplexing was the strength of Ontarians support for the Liberals. Ontarians voted like it was 2015. Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

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