Ontario premier won’t apologize after telling immigrants to ‘go somewhere else’ if they want to ‘sit around & do nothing’ — RT World News

Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford has refused to apologize amid backlash over “demeaning” and “racist” comments about immigrants, having told Canada’s newcomers “go somewhere else” if they plan to “collect the dole and sit around.”

The Premier made these controversial remarks at a Monday press conference where he talked about the “desperate”He also stressed the importance of addressing labor shortages in his province, and that his government is supportive. “hard-working people.”

Ford lamented the insufficiency of skilled workers for infrastructure jobs. He said that he was only aware. “one criteria”Immigrants: You should bring them and “work your tail off”Similar to “every other new Canadian has.”

If you think you’re coming to collect the dole and sit around – not going to happen, go somewhere else. Are you looking for work? You are welcome to come here. We have so much work, we can’t keep up with it right now.

Ford estimated that the manpower shortage would be at a “couple 100,000 people”He claimed that his government was “pouring $144 billion into infrastructure works”And “aggressively” reaching out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government regarding the issue.

“We need people. I don’t care where they come from around the world,”He repeated it again. “If you’re willing to come and work and pay your taxes and give back to the community, we want you.”

The comments sparked instant backlash, with the province’s opposition parties calling for an apology. Andrea Horwath is the leader of opposition from Ontario’s New Democratic Party. accusedFord is choosing Ford “traffic in demeaning stereotypes about new Ontarians looking to build a better life for their families.” 

Ford did not apologize during Tuesday’s legislative Question Period, stating that he was sorry. “pro-immigration”And that he believed that immigration needed to be increased.

A majority of social media users went farther than Horwath. accusingFord “racism,”Many commenters have described his words as “amazing” “dog whistle” to the “far right elements” in his voter base. Some people even called forHe resigned when others called him to it “voted out”The provincial election is scheduled for 2022.  

Some defendedPremiere means having spoken “nothing wrong”He suggested that the problem be addressed “blown out of proportion.”

One saidIf people were not receiving welfare, taxpayer funds weren’t meant to support them. “looking for a job or contributing to society.”

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