Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford refuses to apologize for the comments he made about immigrants.
After an unrelated announcement Monday in Windsor, Ford launched a family line about Ontario’s biggest problem: a worker shortage, particularly in commerce and construction.
He said that people who want to come and work their “tail” like any other new Canadians should come to Ontario, but people who want to “collect the allowance and sit down” should go elsewhere.
In the question period in the legislature on Tuesday, new Democrat Doly Begum said the comments are offensive to families like hers, who came to Ontario in search of a better future, and asked for an apology.
Ford says he is pro-immigration, no matter where people come from, and that his support base is made up of people from all over the world, but he has not apologized.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants says Ford should not promote xenophobic tropes about immigrants.