The Ford government faced a barrage of questions at Queen’s Park today over the lack of a response to last year’s trucker dispute in Ottawa.
A federal inquiry drew attention to that response in a report released last week.
NDP leader Marit Stiles says the Premier and his government ghosted Ottawa.
“When Ottawa residents were being harassed in their communities last February, while small businesses were being forced to close, the Premier, the Solicitor General and the Minister of Transportation all chose not to help. In fact, it was only when protests moved to other parts of this province that they were forced to do something,” says Stiles.
The Premier chose not to answer, but Government House Leader Paul Calandra said if there are lessons to be learned, they would take a look.
“If there are lessons to be learned with respect to better coordination of emergency services on the ground in Ottawa and how they communicate, we will take a look at that then. But we moving forward. We are moving beyond COVID to build an Ontario economy that is stronger than it was going into COVID,” says Calandra.
Despite being summoned, both Premier Doug Ford and then Solicitor General Sylvia Jones refused to be interviewed by Commission counsel.