Queen's Park defaced with anti-Ford messages
Antonella Artuso
May 1, 2019
May 1, 2019 3:17 PM EDT
The Ontario Legislature Building at Queen's Park is seen here after the vandalism was covered up.Antonella Artuso / Toronto Sun
A vandal who spray painted “f–k Ford” in red on Queen’s Park sparked a middle-of-the night foot chase Wednesday through the streets of Toronto.
Sergeant-at-Arms Jacquelyn Gordon said four legislative security officers pursued the man, with two OPP officers assisting, and a suspect was nabbed on Elm St.
The messages that were sprayed on the historic building and a Sir John A. Macdonald statue included profanities and were directed at the government of the day, Gordon said.
Sources told Toronto Sun the messages were “f–k Ford” and “MURDERER,” referring to Premier Doug Ford.
More anti-Doug Ford messages at Queen’s Park seen after they were covered up. Antonella Artuso / Toronto Sun
Toronto Police Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu said Woodrow Fraser-Boychuk, 25, of Picton, was arrested and charged with one count of mischief over $5,000.
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Queen’s Park has been the scene of multiple demonstrations this week as the Ford government implements controversial changes to many areas, including autism funding and health care.
Gordon said the building was vandalized at about 3:50 a.m.
The Ontario Legislative Building, or the “pink palace” as it’s nicknamed, is located at University Ave. and College St.
The building, which officially opened in 1893, was built out of pink sandstone from the Orangeville area.
“We’ve called in a specialist to come in and clean it,” Gordon said.