Kiefer Sutherland asks Ford to stop using grandfather Douglas's name and picture
Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland is asking Ontario Premier Doug Ford to stop using his late grandfather Tommy Douglas's name and image as part of what he calls his ``political agenda.''
The Golden Globe-winning ``24'' and ``Designated Survivor'' star made the request on his verified Twitter account in response to a recent tweet by Ford.
Douglas was the premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the New Democratic Party.
He was also known as the founder of medicare and the father of Sutherland's mother, Canadian actress Shirley Douglas, who was once married to Donald Sutherland.
Earlier this month cabinet minister Lisa MacLeod penned an op-ed that compared the fiscal policies of the Conservative government to that of Douglas, who served as Saskatchewan premier from 1944 to 1961.
Ford tweeted a link to the article and wrote: ``It's time to make government work for the people again _ not the other way around. I think Tommy Douglas would approve.''
Sutherland, who grew up in Toronto, tweeted that he found Ford's comparison of their policies ``offensive.''
He went on to say that while his grandfather was fiscally responsible -- his accomplishments didn't come at the expense of social and human services to those in need.
Sutherland's tweet concludes: ``After all, I knew Tommy Douglas and you Sir, are no Tommy Douglas.
``When asked for comment, the premier's office did not address Sutherland's tweet directly, but said balancing the budget was priority for the government.