“Look at the states to the south of us that want to ignore the regulations — they’re blowing up,” he said. “They have mobile morgues driving around in Texas collecting bodies. If that’s not a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.”
On Friday, Ontario reported a record 1,855 new infections, a 25 per cent surge in a day, and 20 new deaths. The province has now seen 109,361 cases, 3,575 of them fatal.
Ford defended the restrictions that have shut down many businesses and limited gatherings as public health authorities urged people to stay home except for essential reasons. The measures, he said, were proven effective earlier this year.
“The proof is in the pudding: When we did it last time, we were down to almost 100 cases, which is unheard of in a population of 14.77 million people.”
The protesters outside his house, Ford said, were special interest and political groups. Small business owners on his street and elsewhere in the neighbourhood were among those anti-lockdown protests end up hurting, he added.
Ultimately, Ford said, the protesters were violating the very tenets of political discourse.
“There’s an unwritten rule here in Canada: You don’t go after people’s families and neighbours,” he said. “You want to come at me, come at me, and leave my family and leave my neighbours alone.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.