Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland may play a badass on television, but he can also be a badass in real life.
And this was clear on Monday, when Sutherland called out Ontario Premier Doug Ford and cabinet minister Lisa MacLeod on Twitter.
Sutherland was responding to MacLeod’s opinion piece, published in the Financial Post, called “Tommy Douglas knew runaway debt was immoral. Conservatives couldn’t agree more.”
Tommy Douglas, former Premier of Saskatchewan, is Sutherland’s grandfather.
In response to MacLeod’s opinion piece, Ford tweeted “It’s time to make government work for the people again – not the other way around. I think Tommy Douglas would approve.”
“It’s time to make government work for the people again — not the other way around.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 2, 2019
While Ford believed this, one person who didn’t approve was Jack Bauer himself.
“Your tweet has recently come to my attention and I can tell you that you are correct, my grandfather Tommy Douglas was fiscally responsible,” said Sutherland, addressing Ford.
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The actor continued to say that his grandfather balanced the Saskatchewan budget, and provided the province with paved roads, healthcare, and electricity.
“He did it all within four years,” Sutherland said. “Contrary to your argument, it was never at the expense of social and human services to those in need.”
Sutherland said he found the comparison of their policies “offensive.”
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) June 10, 2019
He asked the Ontario PCs to stop posting Douglas’ picture and using his name as part of their “political agenda.”
“After all, I knew Tommy Douglas and you sir, are no Tommy Douglas,” he told Ford.
“PS, You’re lucky my mum’s not active on Twitter.”
While Ford hasn’t replied to the tweet, MacLeod did try to clap back… key word: try.
“I used to like this show – which overtook a very expensive bus shelter ad in fall of 2017 outside Queen’s Park,” she said early Monday afternoon, showing a picture of a bus shelter that has Sutherland’s show Designated Survivor.
“Alas, it’s more difficult to be a politician than pretend to be one on TV.”
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. pic.twitter.com/o2quQyYl94
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) June 10, 2019
This isn’t the first time Canadians tweeted at Ford in disapproval.
Ford recently tweeted his support for the Toronto Raptors, and almost all the replies came from fans asking him to get off the bandwagon.