Former Toronto resident, acclaimed actor and pretty decent country musician Kiefer Sutherland has called out Premier Doug Ford and MPP Lisa MacLeod for misrepresenting his grandfather, Tommy Douglas. The first leader of the New Democratic Party, Douglas happened to also introduce North America to universal health care amongst many other progressive political achievements.
At issue is an editorial written by MPP Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of children, community and social services in which she name drops Tommy Douglas to support her government’s fiscal restraint ending with the line, “Put another way, it’s time to make government work for the people again — not the other way around. I think Tommy Douglas would approve.”
Using one of the beacons of progressive politics and universal health care to support the province’s array of cost-cutting policies came as a shock to Sutherland, who took to Twitter to set MacLeod as well as Premier Doug Ford straight about misusing his grandfather’s legacy. Sutherland described how his grandfather was fiscally responsible while at the same time funding initiatives that made people’s lives better. The other half of the equation Sutherland seems to think is lacking in the current provincial government.
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) June 10, 2019
“After all, I knew Tommy Douglas and you Sir, are no Tommy Douglas,” Sutherland wrote. “P.S. You’re lucky my mum’s not active on Twitter.”