Let them eat cake… or perhaps bake cherry cheesecake…
For the fourth Saturday in a row, Ontarians descended upon Queen’s Park in Toronto to demand that they be treated like… oh, I don’t know… adults?
They want to go back to work. They want to go back to school. They want to go camping. They want to play sports.
For those who are lucky enough to have a cottage, they even want to go there, too – you know, like Doug Ford himself did last month on Easter Sunday when he sternly warned everyone else in the province not to do so. (Oh, Doug, say it aint so! That just like Toronto Mayor John Tory and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau there is one law from me and one law for thee during this Wuhan virus pandemic?)
Besides, I’m going to go out on a limb here and wager that surely by now most Ontarians know how to wash their hands properly. And they know what two metres of space looks like when it comes to social-distancing.
Indeed, the message to Premier Ford from the hundreds who showed up at Queen’s Park was simply this: open up the economy already – as in all of it. As in today. Even if Premier Antoinette would prefer people to stay home and make cheesecake…
Yet if Premier Ford needs a reason to get the economy fully reopened, I have 1.1 million reasons for him: that’s the number of jobs that were lost in Ontario in March and April alone.
And while the Premier can all these protesters “yahoos” and he can imply that the ones flying the Maple Leaf upside-down are treasonous (to the point that he will even pack their suitcases so they can leave the country), well, the fact of the matter is, these Ontarians aren’t going anywhere. And nor do they want to stay in the kitchen baking cherry cheesecakes. They simply want things to get back to normal.
The question remains: how many more protests will it take before the Premier finally gets the message?