TORONTO — Doug Ford and the progressive conservatives of Ontario have spent part of the day, Tuesday, to explain why a candidate local had hired actors to pretend to be supporters, conservatives outside of the place of the first leaders ‘ debate in view of the elections in the province.
A group of people waving posters and wearing t-shirts with slogans in support of Mr Ford welcomed the arrival of the chief progressive conservative in the studios of CityNews the city centre of Toronto, on Monday evening.
It was revealed later that the crowd was made up of actors hired by a candidate in Toronto – a “mistake,” said a spokesman for Mr. Ford.
By press release, Melissa Lantsman has argued that Doug Ford had drawn record crowds since his entry into the leadership race of the progressive conservative Party.
According to the spokesman, a candidate for a local – Meredith Cartwright, in Toronto-Centre, has made the decision to call a casting agency, which was “unnecessary and a mistake.” Such a situation does not happen again, she said.
Questioned on this matter at a press conference, Mr Ford said he was unaware that players had been paid to take the role of supporters.
“We don’t need to pay anyone. When we hold events, we are crowded, we make room fills up,”-he said to journalists on Tuesday morning, adding that he enjoyed with Mrs. Cartwright.
Mrs Cartwright, who has relayed to the literature on social media showing pictures of the crowd outside of the venue for the debate, said he did not have a comment when she was reached by phone on Tuesday.
The other political parties have not been slow to enter the scene.
“We don’t have to pay people to come support us, we have a group of very enthusiastic volunteers. It is funny in some way, but sad in some way”, said the leader of the New democratic Party, Andrea Horwath.
The co-chair of the campaign, liberal, Deb Matthews, was taken to Mr. Ford.
“We expect that everything with (Doug) Ford is false. The stories are false, the facts that he argues are false and now, we know that his supporters are wrong”, she argued.
The election campaign in Ontario officially starts on Wednesday, in view of the polls, which will take place on 7 June.