A Kitchener man has made a voicemail from Doug Ford public on Twitter, accompanied by the text message he sent to the PC leader.
"It's almost like it's a province-wide case of buyers remorse" the message from Michael Cole reads. "Hint: we wanted liberal policy without corruption, you gave us corruption with incompetent policy."
Those words seem to have gotten under Ford's skin.
In a voicemail message Ford says "Michael, you've got to be very, very careful when you tell someone that they're corrupt. Very, very, very careful."
"I thought, would he be so crazy to actually sue a constituent of his? He can't be that nuts, that would be the worst possible thing an elected—even threatening to do that is incredibly stupid beyond words," Cole says.
In a statement to 570 NEWS, the Premier's office says he was "referring to potential legal action" and "takes any allegation of corruption very seriously."
Cole says he sent the message out of anger, particularly over the funding cuts to autism support, saying his two sons are directly affected by those changes.
He says while his own salary can support his family for the most part, his wife will have go back to work to afford sending their boys to a private school for special needs children.
"We're just trying to give them a normal childhood."
Cole says this wasn't the first time he messaged the Premier, but it will be his last.
"If he wanted to apologize to me in that was meaningful, he would stop this autism plan dead in its tracks. He would bring back the old Liberal plan that was in place when he won the election," he says.
He also wants MPP Lisa McLeod removed from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
"Just get her away from working with children because she is clearly not the right person for the role. If you're going to be someone who is working with and supporting young people, you've got to be tender, caring, and empathetic. She's absolutely none of those things."
The latest poll by Mainstream Research puts the Liberals on top, by nearly 40 percent, followed by the NDP at 24 percent, and the PC's at 22.
Listen to the full message from Premier Ford here:
And here is our Premier Douglas Robert Ford (@fordnation).— Michael Cole ???? (@michaeljacole) May 24, 2019
I'm sorry but this sounds really threatening, I'm not clear what I've done that could constitute a threat since it's pretty demonstrable that there is something very corrupt in QP, none the less.https://t.co/culpbINhP5
Full statement from the Premier's office:
The Premier was referring to potential legal action. Premier Ford is one of the most accessible politicians in the country.
It’s widely known that he gives out his cell number wherever he goes.
While Premier Ford is always happy and willing to speak with anyone who reaches out to him, as the Premier of Ontario, he takes any allegation of corruption very seriously and as he has stated many times before, no one can buy Doug Ford.