Doug Ford just got his first haircut in 5 months
Should ever he decide to retire from politics, Ontario Premier Doug Ford may have a viable career ahead of him as a vlogger.
Ford has officially embarked upon his controversial "summer tour," which will see him "criss-cross" the province for the next eight weeks to, as he put it, "thank Ontarians and the many businesses across this province for stepping up and doing their part during COVID-19."
He'll also be live-tweeting the entire thing, apparently — and I must say, his team has been known to create some genuinely entertaining content.
Yesterday, @VictorFedeli, @mikeharrisjrpc, @AmyFeePC, and @KarahaliosPC kicked off our summer tour. I’m criss-crossing Ontario to thank the people and business leaders who helped carry this province through #COVID19.— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 15, 2020
We want you to know we’re here to help get you back on track. pic.twitter.com/vjJpY9XlN3
Thursday morning saw the premier leave the GTA for Windsor-Essex, where his schedule includes meeting with farmers, local business owners, and a barber to take care of that "sheepdog" situation.
"We're off to Windsor-Essex this morning, bright and early!" he said in a video posted to Twitter around 6:40 a.m.
"I'm going to support local business, I'm getting my haircut and I just can't wait to see everyone."
We’re off to Windsor-Essex this morning! Today I’ll meet with farmers, local businesses and finally, I’ll be getting my haircut! I can’t wait to meet some of the great people in this region. pic.twitter.com/ZDeVaoau3R— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 16, 2020
En route to Windsor, Ford stopped off in Leamington, Ontario for a cut with barber Henry Mastronardi of Mastronardi Barbering.
The premier teased the cut multiple times on Twitter, prompting at least one journalist to share vintage photos of his previous coifs.
Before Premier Doug Ford gets his hair cut, let us admire some of his Steve Harrington-styles from days gone by pic.twitter.com/XzfM1t4MIU— David Hains (@DavidHains) July 16, 2020
Right before the cut, Ford tweeted a photo with the words "Stay tuned..."
Yeah, this wasn't just a haircut — it was a full on event.
Stay tuned... pic.twitter.com/XuvGsT7YH5— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 16, 2020
The pageantry makes a bit more sense with context.
Ford, like many Ontario residents, had been itching to get his ears lowered for months while salons and barbershops remain shuttered due to COVID-19.
The premier promised on June 23, as parts of the province started to enter Stage 2 of his government's economic reopening plan, to wait until all of Ontario had caught up to get his haircut.
Windsor-Essex was the last remaining region to move past Stage 1 due to outbreaks among farm workers, with Leamington and Kingsville last among the specific towns within the region to open.
It’s so great to be here in #Leamington with my new friend and champion barber Henry! While he was giving me my great cut I learned about his family and how his business are recovering from #COVID19.💈 pic.twitter.com/72jmBkUW4G— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 16, 2020
"I'm standing beside the people of Windsor-Essex. It's not fair that they can't get a haircut and I can go out and get one," said Ford of why he was deciding to wait for a haircut back in June.
"I'll get clipped after everyone else gets clipped, down in Windsor-Essex."
Now that he's finally had his hair cleaned up after five months without a barber, Ford seems thrilled.
"Boy it feels good to get a haircut," he said following the chop.
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