Ontario Premier Doug Ford embarked on a whirlwind tour of the Rainy River District on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, that took him from Fort Frances to Rainy River and almost everywhere in-between. Ford and Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford started off the day in Fort Frances with a tour of the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre and a brief media scrum before the premier jetted off to Rainy River First Nations, where he had opportunity to visit the site that has been selected for the new long-term care facility that is planned for the First Nations.
Next on the premier’s list of stops for the day was Manitou Forest Products, where general manager Dale Kaemingh walked him through the mill’s production processes and highlighted some of the wood products that are made there. Next, the premier arrived in Rainy River, where he posed for a photo with the Yonge Street sign outside the municipal office, met with Dr. Kit Young Hoon and the staff at the Northwestern Health Unit, and took a quick pit stop at Woods Quality Bakery.
The premier and his entourage then made their way to Big Grassy First Nation, where he observed a drum performance and attended a fish fry, before heading to his final stop at the Stratton Sales barn. While at the barn he met with local agriculture producers and took a tour of the newest additions to the facility, built to replace the portions of the barn damaged in a fire in late 2019. Every step of the way the premier made time for handshakes, photos and selfies with members of the public who approached him, as well as other municipal leaders and council members.
–Ken Kellar photos