Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau seem to be getting along great right now
The Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario met for the first time since Trudeau's reelection today, and it seems the two are now closer to being on the same page than ever.
Premier Doug Ford left the meeting stressing the need for unity in Canada, and he said he and Trudeau made an effort to focus on what they agree on versus where they differ, according to The Canadian press.
Today I joined @JustinTrudeau and @cafreeland for a productive discussion on shared priorities, including building infrastructure, investing in critical public services like health care, and driving economic growth. #onpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/T1dpxFJKx2— Doug Ford (@fordnation) November 22, 2019
The two leaders have rarely seen eye to eye in the past, and Trudeau often cited Ford's shortcomings when criticizing Federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer during the election.
But today's meeting might just mark a new phase of unity and commonality for the two politicians.
Following their meeting, Ford also said he has good relationships with certain western premiers who aren't particularly pleased with Trudeau at the moment, implying that he's in an ideal spot to try and help bridge the gap.
When it comes to making life more affordable, Ontarians are expecting us to work together and focus on our shared priorities. Today, @fordnation & I talked about investing in infrastructure, supporting entrepreneurs & businesses, and creating more jobs for people. pic.twitter.com/r3eKdqE1hH— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 22, 2019
Trudeau has already met with several provincial leaders since winning a minority government in October, but not every talk has gone so smoothly.
After his meeting with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Moe said he was frustrated and didn't believe the two could agree.
Ford had a conciliatory tone today..."we just have to calm the temperature..." little different than Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe's post-Trudeau meeting press conference. #cdnpoli— Sarah Turnbull (@TurnbullSarah) November 22, 2019
Trudeau and Ford were all smiles while posing for photos post-meeting, and they even cracked a few jokes.
Ford recently announced that he's trying to learn French and asked Trudeau if he knows any good teachers. Trudeau replied that he actually used to be one, but his schedule's a little busy at the moment.
At the end of the photo op, Ford says "Merci beaucoup" to the media, and asks PMJT if he "knows any good French teachers?"— Mackenzie Gray (@Gray_Mackenzie) November 22, 2019
Trudeau responds "I know a few, I was one but I'm a sort of busy at this point" #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/hOmLmZBCbT
Many Canadians are quite surprised by the politicians' civility, and some simply aren't buying it.
Haha, we had to listen to Justin Trudeau go on for 40 days during the campaign about how much of a bogeyman Doug Ford is, then surprise surprise, they're pals. #cndpoli #elxn43 #TrudeauHyprocrite https://t.co/DfbPvwGL6X— ABfield 🇨🇦 (@ABfield) November 22, 2019
But others are saying that with so much division gripping much of Canada, this kind of cooperation is exactly what the country needs.
"This is the first time since Doug Ford has been elected that I've been optimistic for our province," one Twitter user said.
"Regardless of political beliefs, Doug Ford working WITH Trudeau and not against him is a big win for Ontario and Canada"
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