Doug Ford blames ice cream for weight gain during Ontario plant shutdown


Doug Ford could have blamed a few extra pounds on the stress of governing during repeated blockages, but instead today suggested that ice cream was the culprit.

Ford made a stopover in London, in Ontario, to inaugurate the $ 41.3 million expansion of the Nestlé Canada plant. The plant has grown from 26,000 square feet to 1.3 million square feet following a $ 51.5 million investment made in 2018.

The expansion will create 100 new jobs in production lines, according to CEO and President of Nestlé Canada, John Carmichael.

Ford joined other officials, touring the current facility and participating in a ceremonial photoshoot with a shovel in the ground.

Although he has a daughter with a cookie and ice cream store, Ford admitted he was a fan of the Häagen-Dazs and Drumstick brands.

“I hold you fully responsible for my extra 60 pounds, because at night I catch this Häagen-Dazs and go crazy,” Ford joked.

Ford isn’t shy about promoting his favorite foods – he often praises Tim Hortons and even showed us all how to bake cherry cheesecake.

It’s not even the first time Ford has placed extra weight on ice cream. During a stop at Kawartha Dairy in Bobcaygeon in 2020, Ford tasted ice cream, laughed, pointed his stomach and told workers they were to blame for his height.

He later said he was “supposed to be on a diet”.

In the past, this passion for dairy got him in trouble – posting articles on ice cream during the height of the global health crisis.

With the 800 workers at the London plant producing nearly 65 million liters of ice cream a year, Ford won’t have to worry about running out of this delicious treat anytime soon.


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