Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam accused Ontario Premier Doug Ford of threatening to sexually assault the CEO of Pfizer after Ford made a strangely-worded statement during his COVID-19 update on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Ford used colourful language to express how he would treat the CEO of Pfizer if he were prime minister. Pfizer recently informed Canada that they will be delaying their shipments of the coronavirus vaccine.
“If I was in [the Prime Minister’s] shoes, I’m sure he is doing it, but I’d be on that phone call every single day,” Ford said.
“I’d be up that guy’s ying yang so far with a firecracker, he wouldn’t know what hit him. I would not stop until we get these vaccines.”
In response, Wong-Tam claimed that Ford was openly threatening to sexually assault the CEO of Pfizer because “he doesn’t get what he wants.”
Wong-Tam’s office later doubled down on the claim, saying “She meant what she tweeted.”
“Absolutely not a joke. The language he used is threatening to rape someone, and perpetuating the worst kinds of rape culture.”
In response to Wong-Tam, the premier’s office said they are not going to take the accusation against Ford seriously.
“We are not going to dignify this repugnant and divisive claim with a response.”
Wong-Tam was one of the two city councillors that introduced a motion to defund the police by slashing the Toronto Police Service budget by 10%.
Due to Pfizer’s delay, Ontario will receive 5% fewer vaccine doses this week. Next week, Ontario is expected to receive zero new doses of the vaccine.