Ford pops up from election exile but won’t be drawn into a scrap with Trudeau

Premier Doug Ford has emerged from a month of self-imposed election exile, saying he won’t be baited into a fight with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau — who repeatedly invokes his name in efforts to scare voters away from the federal Conservatives.

“I feel the guy loves me or something because he constantly mentions my name,” acknowledged Ford, chuckling. “That’s politics.”

“I told Andrew Scheer right from the get go I’m not getting involved. We’re busy,” Ford added after announcing $5.3 million to repave streets in Kenora and Dryden, another remote northwestern Ontario community.

Trudeau has repeatedly made Ford his foil during the campaign, mentioning his name as many as 16 times in a single news conference, in a continuing bid to link the controversial Ontario premier to Scheer.