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Ontario man receives what he calls 'threatening' voicemail from Premier Ford

Last Updated May 25, 2019 at 12:14 pm PDT

FILE - Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to media at Queens Park, in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Cole says he texted the premier out of anger, particularly over the cuts to autism funding

"Michael, you gotta be careful when you tell someone they're corrupt," the voicemail says

TORONTO (680 NEWS) – An Ontario man who sent a text message to the province’s premier was surprised when he received a response, and what seemed to him to be a vague threat.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s phone number is widely available to residents of the province and Michael Cole decided to make use of it, sending Ford a text message this week that said, in part: “We wanted Liberal policy without corruption, you gave us corruption with incompetent policy.” He also included information about the latest polling numbers that showed Ford’s party’s support dropping.

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And the text seems to have gotten under the premier’s skin. Cole received a voicemail from Ford on Thursday, which began “Hey, Michael!” and ended with what Cole feels is a vague threat.

“Michael, you gotta be careful when you tell someone they’re corrupt,” the voicemail continues. “Very, very, very, very careful. Okay, my friend? I’ll talk to you later.”

Cole says he texted the premier out of anger, particularly over the cuts to autism funding. He says his two sons are directly affected by the changes.

After he received the message, Cole tweeted a link to the audio and said: “I’m sorry but this sounds really threatening, I’m not clear what I’ve done that could constitute a threat since it’s pretty demonstrable that there is something very corrupt in QP, none the less.”

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The latest poll by Mainstream Research puts the Ontario Liberals on top by nearly 40 per cent, despite the unpopularity of the premier that Ford unseated. The NDP are at 24 per cent, and the PC’s trail at 22.

The PC government, elected last year, has made a series of funding cuts and policy decisions that have heavily impacted their popularity.