Doug Ford insists teachers support him, but he won't share the proof
The Office of the Premier of Ontario says it won’t share evidence proving teachers are sending Doug Ford text messages confiding to him that they’re on his side.
As teachers continue with rotating strikes to protest Ford’s deep cuts to education, Ford told CP24 this weekend he’s received “numerous, numerous texts from teachers saying ‘I don’t want to be doing this.’”
According to CTV News, when their reporter asked if they could see a few of the secret text messages Ford received from striking teachers, Ford’s press secretary said they were “not going to be making these text messages public.”
Over the weekend, Premier Doug Ford claimed he has received “numerous” text messages from teachers who don’t support going on strike.
We asked for a sample of those text messages.
— Colin D’Mello CTVNews (@ColinDMello) February 3, 2020
Doug Ford’s reason for not sharing his text messages: “When asked for a reason, the premier’s office said it didn’t need to provide one.”
Ford has shared his text messages before: CTV News says the Premier’s Office has shared a sample of text messages with them in the past to prove people pestered the premier on his personal cell phone, a number he used to freely give out to everyone.
Reminder: Doug Ford cancelled his cell phone last year.
Fake moms and fake dads: Deceptive tricks have dominated headlines during Doug Ford’s labour dispute with teachers — here are just a few examples:
- A mysterious fake parents’ group ran full-page anti-teacher attack ads in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post — the fake mom presented as the public face of “Vaughan Working Families” is actually a model from Poland.
- A man portrayed as an angry father in a column written by the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington was revealed to be a wealthy conservative activist with ties to Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
- Ford and Lecce have falsely claimed they are “spending more on public education than any government in the history of Ontario,” despite the fact Ford’s government is trying to make deep cuts to education, eliminate several thousand teacher jobs and replace human teachers with cheap online learning courses.