LILLEY: Red protesters call for Ford's head to be chopped off

LILLEY: Red protesters call for Ford's head to be chopped off
Brian Lilley
May 1, 2019
May 1, 2019 10:36 PM EDT
Anti-Doug Ford protesters converged on Queen's Park on Wednesday for May Day rally (Jack Boland,Toronto Sun)
Anyone who thought communism died with the end of the Cold War hasn’t been paying attention.
No, I’m not talking about the claims that there are Cuban troops in Venezuela helping to suppress the uprising against the Maduro government. I’m talking about protests closer to home.
On May 1, actual communists rallied on the lawn at Queen’s Park and called for the beheading of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
They showed up not only with their standard hammer and sickle flags, they even brought a homemade guillotine.
“May history repeat itself. Chop! Chop!” read a sign held up by a protester standing next to the guillotine.
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That’s a nice reference to the French Revolution.
Anti-Doug Ford protesters converged on Queen’s Park on Wednesday for May Day rally (Jack Boland,Toronto Sun)
For those not in the know, the French Revolution was not about democracy or basic rights, it was about overthrowing those in power and many of them died after having their heads chopped off by the guillotine.
Subtle statement by the protesters.
Of course, they made the statement with their faces covered, dressed all in black.
The May Day protests are part of an international communist protest and while the majority of the signs on the lawn of Queen’s Park were not of the commie variety, enough were.
They stood side by side with signs proclaiming ”F— Ford” and worse.
Were these conservative protestors with signs or images like that for any left wing politician, then reporter after reporter would be asking every PC MPP to denounce them.
Do you think that will happen on the opposite side now?
Unfortunately, this kind of nasty language isn’t just for protesters on the front lawn of the legislature, it comes from our elected officials, as well.
The guillotine incident and the nasty signs came the day after NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and her MPP for Sudbury, Jamie West, were spotted at a different protest on the lawn of Queen’s Park.
As the pair of them smiled for the cameras, West was holding a sign denouncing health-care cuts — health spending is going up by 5% this year — and in the bottom corner of West’s sign it said, “F— Ford.”
Of course, the NDP said they didn’t know what was on the sign and they didn’t mean it.
West later told CBC that he’s worried about the lack of a “positive relationship between the province and municipalities.”
Is he worried about the lack of a positive relationship between the governing party and the opposition that holds up obscene signs about the premier?
Doesn’t seem so.
Maybe you heard all about the PC MPP, Roman Barber, who was chastised for a lack of decorum for heckling former premier Kathleen Wynne by asking her, “Why are you still here?”
Barber faced story after story denouncing him for his lack of decorum.
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Yet days earlier, NDP MPP and education critic Marit Stiles had dropped an F bomb in the legislature.
Stiles referred to PC MPP David Smith as a “F—— a——” during a debate in the legislature.
She wasn’t called out for it, she wasn’t denounced, there were no stories on it.
See. There is a different standard for politicians or protesters who are conservatives of any kind and those calling themselves “progressives.”
Progressives can use whatever language or imagery they want. They can call for real violence.
Most of the media won’t notice.
It’s the double standard that conservatives are unfortunately used to.
And one that the mainstream media won’t be fixing any time soon.
Police called over mock guillotine protest aimed at Premier Ford
Antonella Artuso
May 2, 2019
May 2, 2019 9:43 PM EDT
The OPP has been asked to investigate after protesters brought what appeared to be a mock bloody guillotine to the front lawn of Queen’s Park.
Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said the demonstrators went far beyond what’s acceptable political protest, calling their display disrespectful and cruel.
“That is not respectable dialogue; that is not peaceful protest,” MacLeod said Thursday.
“That is a credible threat that we have referred to the Ontario Provincial Police.”
The protests that occurred here at Queen’s Park with a guillotine that chopped the head off an effigy of the Premier of Ontario does not reflect this province regardless of people’s political and partisan affiliations,“ she said.
The May Day rally brought a number of different protesters to Queen’s Park Wednesday, including some who carried communist symbols, a homemade guillotine and a sign that read, ”May history repeat itself. Chop! Chop!“
Earlier in the day, fleet-footed legislative security officers nabbed a suspect after the front of the historic legislative building and a Sir John A. Macdonald statue was spray painted in red with the messages ”f… Ford“ and ”murderer.“
A 25-year-old Picton man faces a charge of mischief over $5,000.
MacLeod said these are not isolated incidents, that Tory MPPs and their families have been targeted for abuse.
She’s required police protection and her daughter has been yelled at, MacLeod said.
”We have seen an attack on the Minister of Labour’s office which happened before Christmas,“ she said.
MacLeod said members of the Ontario NDP were at the protest and should apologize to the Ontario Legislature and Ford.
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LILLEY: Red protesters call for Ford’s head to be chopped off
The NDP ignored repeated requests by Tory MPPs during Question Period to condemn the guillotine protesters.
NDP MPP Sara Singh said after Question Period that her party does not condone that type of protest.
”We understand that people have the right to protest and voice their concerns but inappropriate behaviour like that we don’t support,“ Singh said.
Individual NDP MPPs were not at the protest in an official capacity, but were speaking to people who had every right to protest, she said.
”I don’t think that there’s anything for us to apologize about connecting with constituents here at Queen’s Park,“ Singh said.