A dinner hosting Ontario Premier Doug Ford attracted around 30 protestors.

It happened across the street from the spaghetti dinner being held at the Bracebridge Legion Friday night. The event was a $25 per person event, and a hastily organized cross-section of politically motivated residents was on hand to greet the premier.

Ford and Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller arrived around 5:30 with protestors chanting and waving a variety of signs with anti-Ford sentiments. The pair had spent the day visiting businesses in Huntsville, Port Carling, and Bracebridge.

Diana McConnell of the Parry Sound-Muskoka Decent Work Network says her group had about six hours advance notice of the dinner and immediately began organizing the protest through its Facebook page.

“We’ve been working pretty hard at building coalitions with other groups,” she explains. “We were at the rally for education put together by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. We put out a call to all the labour groups in the area as well as different allies.”

Some of the groups that came out included the North Simcoe District Labour Council, OPSEU, ETFO, Women’s March Muskoka, parents of children fighting cuts to Autism, and the Parry Sound Muskoka NDP riding association.

She said it appeared some of Ford’s security people, who were on hand ahead of the Premier’s arrival, made sure the protesters stayed across the street.

“We were hoping Mr. Miller and Mr. Ford would come out and have a conversation but they never did,” says McConnel.

The group stayed until about 7:30pm when the event concluded.