Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Ford said the protests usually took place when he was not at home and had the most impact on his neighbors.
“It doesn’t affect me, I’m not here,” Ford said. “I have the best neighbors you can ask for. They didn’t sign up for it, they don’t make decisions for the government, it’s totally unfair. It is unacceptable that they have to put up with this because they live next to the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister’s suburban home in Etobicoke has often been the scene of protests. However, over the past week they have gotten stronger and more persistent as people target COVID-19 restrictions.
“You want to protest me, get off at Queen’s Park,” Ford said. “You can do cartwheels, you can jump up and down. But there is an unwritten rule here in Canada, an unwritten rule that you don’t go after families and neighbors. Come after me, don’t come after my neighbors.
“I want to sincerely apologize to my neighbors, because you have to go through this every day.”
Crowds of people gathered at Queen’s Park on Thursday to protest the lockdown. Large crowds also attended a protest at an Etobicoke restaurant closed for blatantly opening in violation of public health orders. After the restorer’s arrest, many of his supporters then went to Ford’s home to continue protesting.
Toronto and the Region of Peel are currently on lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus while much of the rest of the GTA is in the “red zone.”
Ford sympathized with the affected small businesses, but said the province needed to get the virus under control to avoid a more serious healthcare crisis.
He said the protests would not change their mind and cast doubt on whether any of the protesters were in fact owners of small businesses who were suffering.
“I can assure you of one more thing; it’s not the small business owners protesting outside my house, ”Ford said. “These are special interest groups, political groups. This is unacceptable and stop acting like a bunch of buffoons and start respecting the people of Ontario.