A National Post columnist’s opinion that Premier Doug Ford’s response to the pandemic has been Churchillian was panned by some readers. They agreed Ford has done well in this crisis, but stopped short of comparing him to Winston Churchill.
But the comparison to Britain’s war-time prime minister was somewhat appropriate. Ford has surprised critics, who have frequently pointed out his often-clumsy introduction of programs and policy. Just a month ago the government was embarrassed by the introduction of a new licence plate. Ford defended the new plates, even when it was obvious there had been a blunder.
But he does little wrong in this pandemic. His public briefings have been blunt and honest. Most importantly, he has listened carefully to the province’s chief health official in what his government and its citizens should be doing in this crisis. The decisions that have followed have been based on sound medical advice rather than political ideology.