Why is Doug Ford afraid of fair debates?

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QUEEN’S PARK — PC leader Doug Ford is the only major party leader to go silent on fair and inclusive debates.

Premier Wynne and Andrea Horwath are in. Over 20,000 Ontarians have signed petitions at fairdebates.ca and MikeAtTheMic.ca to advocate for Mike Schreiner’s participation in televised debates. A Toronto Star online poll showed that 82% of respondents agreed there should be a Green seat at the debate table.

“I challenge Mr. Ford to support fair debates. While the Premier and the NDP leader have welcomed Greens into the televised debates, Doug Ford goes silent. What exactly is he afraid of?” asked Green Party of Ontario leader, Mike Schreiner.

Ford is masquerading as a man of the people. In truth he is doing everything he can to stay away from them, with staged events and a media-free campaign bus. The leaked video where Ford tells developers behind closed doors that he would open the Greenbelt for development raises serious questions about whether he will put people before well-connected insiders.

“If this is how he campaigns, this is how he wants to govern. We can’t let that happen.” added Schreiner. “We’re better than this, and we deserve better from those who want our vote. The Green Party believes in doing politics differently. We’re ready to take on all three parties on the issues that matter the most to Ontario. Ask anything you want. I’m ready,” said Schreiner.