Photos: Doug Ford Flickr/PBS
Ontarians have learned to have no expectations going into Premier Doug Ford's pandemic press conferences. But on June 2, the politician managed to surprise even those of us who thought we'd seen it all, ending his update with arguably his most bizarre anecdote yet about a visit he had with a young boy (new advisor?) named Arthur.
According to Ford, he received a letter from Arthur written in French. When he realized the kid only lived a few blocks away, the premier decided to "hop in [his] pickup" and pay Arthur and his family a visit (despite the fact that it's still illegal to visit other households here in Ontario). When he knocked on the door, Arthur's brother Marcus ushered Ford through the house (don't worry, they were both wearing masks) and into the backyard like "a little butler," so he could chat with Arthur about whether or not the province should reopen schools.
Although Arthur initially wanted to go back to class and was "a tough negotiator," after some back and forth, Arthur concluded that he would be happy with a graduation ceremony and to be able to attend summer camp. So... that's what we're doing now in Ontario.
Twitter did not disappoint in reacting to this story, and at this point, all we can do is laugh! Check out our fave tweets about Arthur.
BREAKING: Boss’ schedule for today:9am - egg breakfast sammich #1 & 2 10am - walk Arthur’s dog, Clifford 11am - egg sammich #3 & 4 12pm - meeting w Caillou Re: June Cabinet shuffle 1pm - meeting w Dora Re: Border Security 2pm - meeting w Paw Patrol Re: Infrastructure upgrades — Doug Ford’s Laptop (@FordsLaptop) June 3, 2021
Doug Ford spurns science table advice once again, chooses to follow little Arthur’s open air graduation policy for Ontario.— vilma (@hmvi) June 2, 2021
If Doug Ford has invisible friends named Arthur who am I to get in the way of that but I do think its really dangerous for Ontario...— kris meloche (@krismeloche) June 2, 2021
I can’t even believe Doug Ford just told a story where he violated the “stay-at-home” order in someone else’s backyard & 4-5 other regulations while he was at it.Is Sylvia Jones arresting him now? I’m speechless. It takes a lot, as you know. — Greg Brady (@gregbradyTO) June 2, 2021
Yeah, but did she write it in French??? Doug can't read French, yet he drove over to Arthur's house to get his maman to translate it for him.— D. J. R. (@Cool2bCorgi) June 3, 2021