Premier Ford spending day in Windsor to meet with leaders, industry

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Windsor Star/Doug Schmidt


A day after Windsor and Essex County became the last in Ontario to move to Stage 3, Premier Doug Ford visits Windsor today to discuss economic recovery with local politicians and meet with industry and other community leaders.

Ford starts his local visit this morning with a visit to Ford Motor Company’s Essex Engine Plant to recognize that facility’s contribution to the fight against COVID-19. Early in the crisis, part of the Windsor factory was retooled to produce plastic face shields for health and other frontline workers.

The premier then visits a local Catholic church to meet with members of the Lebanese community, including the Consul General, to express condolences and the Ontario government’s support following the deadly blast earlier this month that devastated downtown Beirut.

Then it’s a late lunch date at a Windsor restaurant with Mayor Drew Dilkens and the warden and mayors of Essex County to discuss recovery efforts to revive local economies five months into the health emergency declared by Ontario to help deal with a global pandemic.

Mid-afternoon, Premier Ford will be joined at a Windsor public works facility by Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton and Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) Kinga Surma for an announcement.

Ford ends his day with a visit to frontline staff at Chatham’s Children’s Treatment Centre.

The Windsor Star will be following Premier Ford on his Windsor visit, which comes four weeks after he visited Essex County and a Leamington barbershop after that town and Kingsville became the last municipalities in Ontario to enter Stage 2.