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Kiefer Sutherland to Doug Ford: 'You, Sir, are no Tommy Douglas.'

Last Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 4:33 pm EDT

Kiefer Sutherland poses on the red carpet for the film "Forsaken" during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland is asking Ontario Premier Doug Ford to stop using his late grandfather Tommy Douglas's name and image as part of what he calls his "political agenda." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

A twitter war erupted Monday between Canadian actor and producer Kiefer Sutherland and the Ford government over the Premier’s use of Sutherland’s grandfather’s name.

Sutherland launched the first salvo, calling out Premier Doug Ford and Social Services Minister Lisa Macleod for using his grandfather Tommy Douglas’ name to bolster the PC government’s agenda.

Tommy Douglas was the Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961 and is credited as being the father of Canada’s universal health care and renowned for his social activism.

Sutherland wrote: “I personally find your comparison of your policies to his offensive. So I can only ask, as the grandson of this man, for you to stop posting his picture and using his name as part of your political agenda. After all, I knew Tommy Douglas and you Sir, are no Tommy Douglas.”

Sutherland’s tweet was in response to a piece Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod penned for the Financial Post which Doug Ford tweeted on June 2.

“It’s time to make government work for the people again – not the other way around. I think Tommy Douglas would approve.”

In Macleod’s editorial, she slams the previous Liberal government’s spending and argues Tommy Douglas had fiscal “prudence,” noting he delivered 17 consecutive budget surpluses.

Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the role of President in the series “Designated Survivor.” filmed in Toronto, wrote his grandfather didn’t balance the books by cutting social services.

“In addition to balancing the budget of Saskatchewan, he also provided the province with paved roads, health care and electricity…Contrary to your argument, it was never at the expense of social and human services to those in need.”

Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, who has been under intense criticism for the government’s handling of the autism file, lobbed back a tweet of her own.

“I used to like this show – which overtook a very expensive bus shelter ad in fall of 2017 outside Queen’s Park. Alas, it’s more difficult to be a politician than pretend to be one on TV.”

However. it was met with intense backlash.

One twitter user stated, “Rather than dismissing @RealKiefer in this juvenile fashion you could actually take him seriously … his points are more than valid. Simply respecting his request quietly so as not to make things worse was the very least you could have done.”