Hell no, they won’t go!
Ontarians who are sick and tired of being cooped up at home while their places of business remain shuttered returned to Queen’s Park for the third Saturday in a row to voice their displeasure with the government. And they also voiced their displeasure with being called nasty names by Premier Doug Ford.
Indeed, after the first protest, Ford labelled these protesters a “bunch of yahoos” for violating the Wuhan virus safety protocols (i.e., not maintaining a two-metre distance from one and other and being part of a gathering totalling more than five persons.)
But on the second week, instead of dialing back that comment, Premier Ford doubled down by implying that those protesters who displayed the Canadian flag upside-down were traitors:
“[W]hen I see our flag, our Canadian flag flown upside down, that's the utmost disrespect to the men and women that are overseas fighting for our freedoms, our Canadian military, the six families that lost loved ones in the crash last week, the 250 men and women that are in harm's way walking into the long-term care homes and saving people's lives. (…)
“If they want to fly our flag upside down, they don't respect our country, I'll be the first to help them pack their bags and they can find a country that they want.”
It was truly an inexplicable outburst.
After all, flying a flag upside-down is universally recognized as a sign of distress – it is not an indicator that someone is anti-military.
As well, I got the vibe that most of the people congregating at Queen’s Park are very pro-military. And many said they voted for the Ford PCs in the last provincial election.
Bottom line: I don’t think it’s very prudent of Doug Ford to paint his own base as a basket of deplorables…