‘Bunch of yahoos’: Doug Ford blasts Toronto protest against coronavirus-related restrictions

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford slammed a group of people protesting coronavirus-related restrictions outside Queen’s Park on Saturday, calling them a “bunch of yahoos.”

Dozens of protesters gathered outside of the legislature demanding an easing of restrictions that officials have implemented in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s reckless to do what they’re doing and personally I think it’s selfish,” Ford said.

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“We have health-care workers down the street at these hospitals working around the clock to protect the community.”


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Ford said the vast majority of Ontarians understand the restrictions and have worked collectively to reduce spread.

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“But then we have a bunch of yahoos out in the front of Queen’s Park sitting there protesting that the place isn’t open,” Ford said.

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“I understand that people want to get out there, but we have to be responsible. We have to make sure — we’ve come such a long way — that we protect the health and the well being of every single person in this province.”

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Ford said on Friday that his government would be releasing its reopening plan next week.

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