Ontario Premier Doug Ford was buzzing with laughter after accidentally swallowing a bee during a news conference on Friday.
Ford was in Dundalk, Ont., answering a reporter’s health care question when the insect, which had been buzzing around his mouth for a few moments, suddenly flew straight into his mouth.
“My God, I just swallowed a bee,” Ford said after a coughing fit.
The prime minister drank some water, then joked, “I’m fine. It’s here buzzing right now.
“It’s going to be replayed over and over again,” Ford said with a smile as reporters could be heard laughing in the background.
Ford then noted that the bee was “stuck” in his throat.
After taking a few moments to collect himself in apparent unease, Ford said with a laugh that the bee came down “straight through the hatch”.
In light of the health care press conference topic, Ford cracked another joke with a smile, saying, “I’m going to rush to the hospital to get this bee out of here.”
Ford was elected premier in 2018 on an “anti-elite” platform after defeating the far-left provincial Liberal government, Breitbart News reported at the time. However, Ford’s government has come under fire during the pandemic after enacting some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions among Canadian provinces.
In June, Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party won another majority in re-election, securing itself as premier for at least the next four years.
Doug Ford is the brother of controversial but popular former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who infamously came to international attention in 2013 after he was caught smoking crack while still in office.
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