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Ford, under fire for attending wedding, wants police to crack down on prohibited parties

Last Updated Sep 9, 2020 at 6:05 am EDT

Premier Doug Ford pleaded with the public Tuesday to call the police on people breaking social gathering guidelines. Some view his calls to crack down on large gatherings as hypocritical after he recently attended MPP Stan Cho's wedding. TWITTER/@deblindenas

Premier Doug Ford is calling on police to crack down on large gatherings, as he himself is facing some criticism for attending an MPP’s wedding.

On Tuesday, Ford encouraged people who see their neighbours having a prohibited party to call police. And Ford said he wants police to lay charges.

“We have to bring the hammer down,” the premier said, recalling an incident over the weekend in which some 170 people, including visitors from outside of Canada, partied at a Muskoka cottage.

Ford said now is not the time to host big gatherings.

“I can’t emphasize it enough that we can’t have these big parties, we can’t have the big weddings. I understand a lot of cultures have massive weddings, they’re bringing families from all over the world. You just can’t do it. Simple postpone your wedding, get married in a small group,” the premier said. “It’s frustrating because it affects the rest of the province.”

But some view Ford’s comments as hypocritical, after he recently attended MPP Stan Cho’s wedding.

Under the province’s Stage Three reopening guidelines, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed. In all cases, individuals must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres with people from outside their households or social circles.