‘I just swallowed a bee’: Ontario Premier Doug Ford creates buzz after insect episode

Ford gagged and coughed for a moment

Ontario Premier Doug Ford created a bit of a buzz after swallowing a bee during a news conference on Friday. 

The premier was answering a question on health care when an insect flew around his face and disappeared into his mouth. 

Ford gagged and coughed for a moment before saying “Holy Christ, I just swallowed a bee.”

He took a sip of water and gave a thumbs up to reporters inquiring if he was OK. 

Ford joked about how the video of what happened was going to be played repeatedly, calling it a “classic.” 

The premier then carried on with his news conference, quipping later that the bee was building a hive in his stomach. 

Banner image: Ontario Premier Doug Ford reacts after a bee flew into his mouth during a press conference in Dundalk, Ont., on Friday, August 12, 2022, in this image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Casey

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.