Doug Ford’s Cellphone Out Of Service Due To Calls From ‘Special Interest Groups’: Office
|The Huffington Post 17 Jul 2019 at 16:55|
Ontario Premier Doug Ford will no longer be reachable by his private cellphone due to a deluge of calls from special interest groups, his office says.
Its incredibly rare for any politician, especially a Premier, to be as accessible as Premier Ford, his press secretary Ivana Yelich told HuffPost Canada in an emailed statement Wednesday.
Unfortunately, special interest groups have co-opted this access with coordinated campaigns to push their own agendas. This has made it impossible for the Premier to use his cellphone for the original objective: to speak to the people.
Yelich would not specify which groups she was referencing, but told HuffPost it was not uncommon for Ford to receive hundreds of calls and texts each day.
Ford has frequently given out his private number at public events , encouraging people to contact him directly with concerns. Its a form of retail politics that was also used by his late brother, .
Calls to that number now yield a message saying the line is no longer in service.
It appears Doug Ford no longer wants to hear from the people. pic.twitter.com/Qjw5DCElsV
Fords number has been shared on social media by those encouraging Ontarians and anyone else to express their views on everything from his plan to use the notwithstanding clause to slash the size of Torontos city council last year to his governments funding for social services.
In May, a Kitchener, Ont. dad who texted Ford about some dismal polling numbers told HuffPost he felt a bit threatened after he received a voicemail from the premier warning him to be very, very careful about accusing the government of corruption.
After Ford was booed at a celebration for the Toronto Raptors NBA title win last month, some on Twitter also encouraged fans to
Opposition New Democrats also had some fun with the issue.
During question period last November, NDP MPP Taras Natyshak suggested General Motors workers might want to chat with Ford about the companys decision to close its plant in Oshawa, Ont.