Premier and Mayor Fred put spats aside during Ford’s Hamilton visit

News Sep 03, 2020 by Katrina Clarke Hamilton Spectator

Premier Doug Ford and Mayor Fred Eisenberger made nice Thursday during Ford’s visit to Hamilton — despite clashing on everything from light rail transit to public drinking tickets in recent months.

Ford stopped in at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 105 training facility in Hannon with Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton and local MPPs for the premier’s daily COVID-19 update.

Earlier in the day, Ford visited the KF Aerospace facility in Hamilton and Thames River Chemical Corp. in Burlington — two local businesses “stepping up with Ontario-made solutions in the fight against COVID-19,” according to his itinerary.

Ford said he was glad to be in “the beautiful city of Hamilton.” He met with Eisenberger during his visit but the mayor was tied up with a police services board meeting during the COVID-19 update, traditionally attended by local mayors when Ford is in town.

Asked about Hamilton’s long-in-limbo LRT — specifically the proposal from LIUNA to build the LRT line for $3.5 billion with a mix of public and private cash — Ford said he wants the project to go ahead.

“I had a great meeting with Mayor Eisenberger,” Ford said. “We have agreed that we’re going to work together and, you know, I love LIUNA.”

He took the opportunity to ask the federal government for cash.

“We need your help,” he said. “We need you at the table. And I know they want to, but they haven’t showed up at the door yet.”

In a statement about Ford’s visit, Eisenberger struck an optimistic tone.

“Premier Ford wants to work with me and the City of Hamilton and we want to work with the premier,” the statement read. “Premier Ford said today he’s on for LRT and I’m ready to work together to get shovels in the ground.”

The show of teamwork was in contrast to the adversarial relationship the premier and mayor have had recently.

In August, Ford took Eisenberger to task over the city’s handling of public drinking tickets — police handed out 369 public drinking tickets from mid-March to the end of July, at a time when infectious disease experts were calling for cities to loosen rules on drinking in parks. The premier said the city had the power to change public drinking rules; the mayor said they didn’t. The mayor eventually acknowledged the premier was right.

Katrina Clarke is a Hamilton-based reporter at The Spectator. Reach her via email: katrinaclarke@thespec.com

Premier and Mayor Fred put spats aside during Ford’s Hamilton visit

Eisenberger says Ford is on board for trying to get shovels in the ground on LRT

News Sep 03, 2020 by Katrina Clarke Hamilton Spectator

Premier Doug Ford and Mayor Fred Eisenberger made nice Thursday during Ford’s visit to Hamilton — despite clashing on everything from light rail transit to public drinking tickets in recent months.

Ford stopped in at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 105 training facility in Hannon with Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton and local MPPs for the premier’s daily COVID-19 update.

Earlier in the day, Ford visited the KF Aerospace facility in Hamilton and Thames River Chemical Corp. in Burlington — two local businesses “stepping up with Ontario-made solutions in the fight against COVID-19,” according to his itinerary.

Ford said he was glad to be in “the beautiful city of Hamilton.” He met with Eisenberger during his visit but the mayor was tied up with a police services board meeting during the COVID-19 update, traditionally attended by local mayors when Ford is in town.

Asked about Hamilton’s long-in-limbo LRT — specifically the proposal from LIUNA to build the LRT line for $3.5 billion with a mix of public and private cash — Ford said he wants the project to go ahead.

“I had a great meeting with Mayor Eisenberger,” Ford said. “We have agreed that we’re going to work together and, you know, I love LIUNA.”

He took the opportunity to ask the federal government for cash.

“We need your help,” he said. “We need you at the table. And I know they want to, but they haven’t showed up at the door yet.”

In a statement about Ford’s visit, Eisenberger struck an optimistic tone.

“Premier Ford wants to work with me and the City of Hamilton and we want to work with the premier,” the statement read. “Premier Ford said today he’s on for LRT and I’m ready to work together to get shovels in the ground.”

The show of teamwork was in contrast to the adversarial relationship the premier and mayor have had recently.

In August, Ford took Eisenberger to task over the city’s handling of public drinking tickets — police handed out 369 public drinking tickets from mid-March to the end of July, at a time when infectious disease experts were calling for cities to loosen rules on drinking in parks. The premier said the city had the power to change public drinking rules; the mayor said they didn’t. The mayor eventually acknowledged the premier was right.

Katrina Clarke is a Hamilton-based reporter at The Spectator. Reach her via email: katrinaclarke@thespec.com

Premier and Mayor Fred put spats aside during Ford’s Hamilton visit

Eisenberger says Ford is on board for trying to get shovels in the ground on LRT

News Sep 03, 2020 by Katrina Clarke Hamilton Spectator

Premier Doug Ford and Mayor Fred Eisenberger made nice Thursday during Ford’s visit to Hamilton — despite clashing on everything from light rail transit to public drinking tickets in recent months.

Ford stopped in at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 105 training facility in Hannon with Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton and local MPPs for the premier’s daily COVID-19 update.

Earlier in the day, Ford visited the KF Aerospace facility in Hamilton and Thames River Chemical Corp. in Burlington — two local businesses “stepping up with Ontario-made solutions in the fight against COVID-19,” according to his itinerary.

Ford said he was glad to be in “the beautiful city of Hamilton.” He met with Eisenberger during his visit but the mayor was tied up with a police services board meeting during the COVID-19 update, traditionally attended by local mayors when Ford is in town.

Asked about Hamilton’s long-in-limbo LRT — specifically the proposal from LIUNA to build the LRT line for $3.5 billion with a mix of public and private cash — Ford said he wants the project to go ahead.

“I had a great meeting with Mayor Eisenberger,” Ford said. “We have agreed that we’re going to work together and, you know, I love LIUNA.”

He took the opportunity to ask the federal government for cash.

“We need your help,” he said. “We need you at the table. And I know they want to, but they haven’t showed up at the door yet.”

In a statement about Ford’s visit, Eisenberger struck an optimistic tone.

“Premier Ford wants to work with me and the City of Hamilton and we want to work with the premier,” the statement read. “Premier Ford said today he’s on for LRT and I’m ready to work together to get shovels in the ground.”

The show of teamwork was in contrast to the adversarial relationship the premier and mayor have had recently.

In August, Ford took Eisenberger to task over the city’s handling of public drinking tickets — police handed out 369 public drinking tickets from mid-March to the end of July, at a time when infectious disease experts were calling for cities to loosen rules on drinking in parks. The premier said the city had the power to change public drinking rules; the mayor said they didn’t. The mayor eventually acknowledged the premier was right.

Katrina Clarke is a Hamilton-based reporter at The Spectator. Reach her via email: katrinaclarke@thespec.com