There were about 250 people at the CCC today to greet Doug Ford on a campaign visit to Cobourg. His team and the team of local PC Candidate David Piccini were there to smooth the way and Doug delivered one of his signature speeches (more below). Not to let Doug go unchallenged, immediately after the event, Liberal Candidate Lou Rinaldi issued a rebuttal in a Press Release (download at link below). Doug spoke to the mostly supportive crowd about the waste and debt of the Kathleen Wynn Government and made a point in highlighting the high salary of the CEO of Hydro one. Doug said that although CEOs of Hydro entities in other Provinces had salaries around $450K to $500K, Ontario’s equivalent was paid $4.5M in 2017. He said that this was not on the Sunshine list because Wynn said that it should be not shown. He declared that on June 7, the Hydro CEO “would not be there”.
He said that Kathleen Wynn does not care about people but that he would listen to the people and put money back in their pockets. He also said that NDP and Liberal voters were moving to support him and as an example, one ex-Liberal voter told him: “we know you have our back”. He said that Wynn thinks that people work for her whereas Doug says the reverse – he works for the people.
He said that nurses are the backbone of hospitals and that frontline workers like nurses and doctors know how best to run hospitals, not politicians, and that he would listen to them and provide help (resources). “No-one knows better than the front-line!” He said the same is true for teachers – they are not being listened to.
His speech was relatively short and the reception was warm See the photos below.
Press Release by Lou Rinaldi – includes a description of “all the great things we have done for the Town”
Provincial Election Information Page – lists All-Candidates meetings and pre-election events from all parties