After months of sticking near residence, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is hitting the street, beginning his summer season tour in Waterloo on Tuesday.
Ford has been talking to the general public and the media nearly each day throughout press conferences held in a room at Queen’s Park since COVID-19 become a disaster in March.
He’s ventured out a bit bit with a go to to a producing facility in Woodbridge, simply north of Toronto, final Friday and visited Coburg the day earlier than to make a hospital funding announcement.
The premier’s stops in Cambridge and Kitchener on Tuesday will mark the beginning of his official tour.
Ford will go to Eclipse Automation, one of many corporations that retooled throughout COVID to make N95 and surgical masks for frontline employees.
He may even go to Challenger Motor Freight, a trucking firm that has stored merchandise transferring and on retailer cabinets in the course of the pandemic.
Summer season excursions are widespread for premiers; Ford stated it stays vital to get out on the street even throughout a pandemic.
“I believe it’s vital to attach with the folks and see how they’re coping with COVID. I additionally need to see the companies that have been in a position to retool to make PPE and to step up for the trigger,” Ford stated in a cellphone interview Monday.
COVID-19 not solely put his tour on pause, it gave rise to what is going to doubtless be a spotlight for Ford: He’ll get his hair minimize for the primary time for the reason that lockdown occurred when he visits Leamington on Thursday.
“I can’t wait. I’ve acquired a crop on my head like I haven’t had since highschool,” Ford stated.
In complete, the premier plans to hit 38 ridings and canopy 5,000 kilometres over 18 completely different days. Different spots on the tour will embody Guelph, Chatham, Kingsville, Peel Area, Durham, Niagara, Scarborough, Ottawa and Hamilton.