The leaders of Ontario’s NDP, Liberal and Green parties are all condemning comments from the premier, accusing an Indigenous NDP MPP of spiking ahead in the queue for vaccines.
On Thursday, Ford accused Sol Mamakwa, who represents the northern Ontario riding of Kiiwetinoong, of cutting in the line to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Mamakwa says he was invited to get a shot by elders in the Indigenous community. He says the move was intended to combat vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous residents.
Ford says he was contacted by some Indigenous leaders who were upset that Mamakwa got his shot early, but he did not name them.
In response, Mamakwa says he has heard no complaints himself and called the premier’s remarks “disrespectful.”
The opposition leaders are all calling on Ford to apologize for the statements.