It is rare, if not unheard of, that any politician has a completely successful term with no contention. While nobody that works in politics will ever please everybody they serve, some individuals seem to attract more controversy than others. Now there is a hashtag saying "Ford is Failing" going around online. Because of this tag, for the second time in under two weeks, Doug Ford is trending on Twitter, and for the second time in two weeks, it's not for a good reason.
On May 25 the people of Ontario were using #FordCorruptAF to trend on Twitter, which was explained to be relating to Ford’s personal history of drug dealing, his controversial budget cuts and more specifically his cuts and changes to autism funding.
To mark the one year anniversary of the election, which happens to be today, rather than celebrating, a number of Ontario Twitter users have put together Ford Report Cards to engage conversation around the policies and cuts that have been implemented by the Ford government, and the response has been pretty significant.
One Twitter user, a teacher from Ontario, took the time to write Ford and his government a report card but gave him an ‘F’ for each ‘subject’ including ‘health’, ‘guidance’ and ‘ethics’.
Another user completed a similar report card, but gave Doug Ford more ‘F’ grades for the subjects of ‘environment’, ‘overspending’ and ‘leadership’, noting in the remarks that Ford is a bully.
The ‘report card’ criticisms of Ford escalated, and several more disappointed teachers and members of the public gave the Premier an overall ‘F’ for his services to Ontario so far.
Many of the tweets under the hashtag #FordisFailing also mentioned their decision to wear black clothing today. Some people wore black clothes to raise awareness of the lack of resources for children with special needs, as well as to show ‘solidarity’ with public educators. Other tweeters said they were wearing black as a way to ‘mourn’ one whole year of life under Ford’s government.
Doug Ford and his Conservative government were officially elected into power on June 7, 2018. They won a majority government, taking 76 seats out of 124 in the legislative assembly.