Ontario premier swipes at 'scary' Sanders campaign

Ontario premier swipes at 'scary' Sanders campaign
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford criticized Democrats during a visit to Washington, D.C., this week, calling Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Puerto Rico primary In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Biden wins Louisiana primary MORE's (I-Vt.) campaign "scary."

"We hope the election is going to turn out the right way ... literally, the right way," Ford said during an interview at a Canadian American Business Council event on Friday.

The Canadian politician, who led the Progressive Conservative Party to a victory in the 2018 Ontario general election, said he believes socialism and high taxes don't work anywhere in the world.


When business council executive Maryscott Greenwood suggested he speak to Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, Ford replied, "That's actually scary. It is. It is."

Sanders has advocated raising taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals and using tax dollars to increase spending on government programs, including health care. His sweeping "Medicare for All" policy would create a government-run health care system.

Ford, during the appearance on Friday, also criticized Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats up Pelosi: Trump wearing a mask is 'an admission' that it can stop spread of coronavirus Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools MORE (D-Calif.) for tearing up a copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

The Ontario premier said he "loved" listening to Trump's address and was "disappointed" to see Pelosi tear up her copy of the speech.

"That's uncalled for. I think it's a shame. It's a real shame," he said.

Pelosi later called the document a "manifesto of mistruths."

Ford was in D.C. to promote trade between the U.S. and Canada after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump on impeachment charges Wednesday.

The premier said he’ll be welcoming U.S. governors to Toronto in April in an ongoing effort to spur trade and create more jobs, The Toronto Sun reported.