Ontario’s health minister and deputy prime minister says Premier Doug Ford has been “very busy” in the past two months, despite being mostly absent from the public eye.
While Premier has appeared sporadically in videos posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Ford has held just one news conference in the past seven weeks. The media and the public are not alert to their schedule ahead of time.
When asked on Friday where the premiere is, Christine Elliott said she’s “around.”
“Premier Ford is working every day to help and limit the effects of COVID-19,” Elliott assured. “So Premier Ford is very busy and very active.”
NEW – Deputy Premier Christine Elliott Is Asked By Us @QPCamera Where is Premier Ford? Ford has had only one news conference in 7 weeks.
“Premier Ford has been around. Premier Ford is working every day to help limit the effects of COVID-19” “Premier Ford is very busy”
— Richard Southern (@richard680news) September 17, 2021
Ford appeared on his Twitter account on Thursday in a video promoting Tim Horton’s Smile Cookies, which shows some money donated to charity from the coffee and donut chain.
Ford is seen in the video opening a box, eating a donut and encouraging Ontarios to buy a smile cookie to support the charity. But Ford has otherwise been absent from regularly scheduled media availability and Queens Park. His government recently announced that the legislature would be prorogued, returning in October instead of the previously scheduled 13 September.
Some political analysts and opposition leaders have suggested the premier may keep a low profile due to the federal election. Ford has not endorsed any individual or party prior to the September 20 vote.
The province is set to launch its vaccine certificate program on September 22, with businesses preparing proof of the vaccination system.
Before that date, the government says all Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt provincial booking portal.