'This is... very uncomfortable': Ontario Premier Doug Ford called out for 'stay at home' message in 22 languages

Elisabetta Bianchini
·3 min read
'This is... very uncomfortable': Ontario Premier Doug Ford called out for 'stay at home' message in 22 languages
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

In an effort to continue to send the message that people in Ontario need to stay home, premier Doug Ford posted a video message on Thursday morning to get the message out in 22 languages.

“There is one thing that is uniting all of us in Ontario and that is ‘stay at home,’” Ford says in the video.

The premier goes on to say “stay at home” in languages, including French, Italian, Arabic, Tagalog, Urdu, Turkish, Cantonese, Punjabi, Farsi and more.

“No matter what language you speak — or in my case try to — all of us need to stay home,” the caption of the tweet from Ford reads.

While the premier tried to tackle all the 22 languages, some were less than satisfied with the pronunciations. Others were quick to point out that the premier needs to use a more targeted approach to see why those who aren’t staying home, can’t stay home.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

People were also quick to reiterate that the “stay at home” message isn’t all that has to be done, actions like implementing paid sick leave and providing additional help in long-term care homes are required. Some also criticized the provincial government for not implementing stricter restrictions sooner, when daily case counts started to rise.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.