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.
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
I’ll never forget talking to @fordnation and saying to him “It’s great to talk to you, but this seems like an important decision. Shouldn’t you talk with some experts?” And then we both started laughing. It was funny. Experts 🙄 #onted #ARTHUR
— Onted Arthur (@ArthurOnted) June 3, 2021
I am about to have WAY too much fun making #Arthur memes. Enjoy this thread#ARTHUR #ArthurForPremier #onpoli #VoteFordOut2022 #FordFailedThePeople #FordfailedOntario #onted @ArthurOnted pic.twitter.com/dikCF2FUVU
— Nate Manis (@Nate_Manis) June 3, 2021
— Dylan H (@dylanhorner96) June 2, 2021
Doug Ford, as seen arriving at Arthur’s backyard dinner. pic.twitter.com/tVSWsSgCvd
— Gator⚡Gum (@gator_gum) June 3, 2021
So, an elementary kid named Arthur visited with @fordnation & suggested a graduation ceremony for every grade as a compromise for not going back to class. And so this will now happen. Can’t make this stuff up. An elementary student is calling the shots.
— Cindy Cosentino (@cindcos) June 2, 2021
Health care workers, scientists, hair salons, restaurants owners, businesses, education workers etc, have been begging @fordnation and @Sflecce to listen to them but they decided to listen to the little neighbour boy #Arthur We’re in trouble folks!
— Ropsy (@RopsJim) June 2, 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
With no one left to blame, Doug Ford throws socialist hoodlum, Arthur, under the bus. pic.twitter.com/PRoT0iEBbs
— Gator⚡Gum (@gator_gum) June 2, 2021
— Tyler Watt 🇨🇦 (@tylerwatt90) June 2, 2021
“ARE YOU DOUG FORD’S FRIEND ARTHUR?” pic.twitter.com/uvcApCHdAK
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) June 2, 2021
— Onted Arthur (@ArthurOnted) 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
— Hugh Cannon (@HughCannon7) 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
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