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Ontario Premier Doug Ford says politicians ‘under siege’ from angry protesters – Toronto Sun

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Feb 25, 2022  •  February 25, 2022  •  1 minute read  •  194 Comments

DOUG FORD

Politicians from all parties are being targeted in an “attack on democracy,” Premier Doug Ford says.

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Constituency offices, private homes and even neighbours have not been spared, he said.

“When you have people rounding around smashing windows … unacceptable,” he said. “Guys, we live in Canada. Do you know what democracy is? You don’t like that party? Guess what? Every four years you either get to vote them in or you get to kick their butts out.”

Ford was asked Friday about a report by Cynthia Mulligan of CityNews that highlighted rising incidences of vandalism at provincial MPP constituency offices.

The Premier’s own home has been the focus of protests and his neighbours harassed, he said.

“When you’re under seige at your home and your neighbours are getting threats from mace, knives, baseball bats, hockey sticks … and we have a whole bunch of kids on our street,” he said. “Guys showing up at your door with butcher knives and death threats on a weekly basis — that’s unacceptable.”

Ford said he understands members of the public are frustrated and angry over the lockdowns, but he stressed now is the time to unite.

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Ford supports the right of people to protest — peaceful protests in traditional locations like the front lawn of Queen’s Park — but he believes individuals should be punished for the kind of aggressive behaviour exhibited lately.

“I’m worried for fellow politicians,” he said. “I’m always worried about my family.”

“Some of the nasty things they said they’d do to my daughters and my wife, I can’t even repeat them on air,” Ford added.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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