September 7, 2018 10:00 am

Scott Thompson: Doug Ford’s Ontario ‘Open for business!’

Premier-elect Doug Ford told a crowd of cheering supporters Thursday that his message for those inside and outside the province following his win was simple: Ontario is "open for business again."


Ontario Minister of Trade Jim Wilson was recently questioned about Doug Ford’s  ‘open for business’ sign at the Canada/U.S. border.

Setting up the sign is something Ford said during his election campaign that he would do if he became premier.

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No, there is nothing to report on a sign, other than the minister said it was coming to promote business.

Wilson was announcing province-wide consultations to reduce red tape and help Ontario businesses, but no mention of sign, location, or cost.

That didn’t stop the debate on whether such a sign is needed.

Isn’t Ontario always open for business?

Do we need a costly sign to promote who we are?

Don’t we have an Ontario sign on the outskirts as you cross the border?

Those are the questions we all asked when Hamilton didn’t have a sign.

Now we do, and most love it, not to mention the exposure it gives the city on a daily basis.

READ MORE: New Hamilton sign officially unveiled with illumination ceremony at City Hall

Anyone will tell you if you want to get a message out, you advertise.

Perhaps the message here is less about the product and more about a change in attitude.

Ontario is open, in more ways than one.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.

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