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Doug Ford Won’t Be Running in the Next Provincial Election

The councillor announces he'll focus instead on brother Rob's mayoral campaign—but leaves the door open for a future provincial run.

Photo by photopia, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

On Thursday morning, controversial first-term councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) announced that he will not run for the Progressive Conservative party in the next provincial election. The councillor said he was unable to commit to a provincial run because he wants to concentrate on managing his brother Rob’s mayoral campaign. “I can’t wear two hats and be a candidate for the PC party and a campaign manager,” he said.

Doug has long expressed a desire to get into provincial politics, and perhaps even to be premier someday. “I definitely have provincial political aspirations,” he said in a press conference today, keeping the door open for a future provincial run. Doug also announced that he does not intend to run for council in 2014, but said he might return to City Hall to work for $1 if his brother wins re-election. It is unclear what this bargain job would involve.

Ford deflected questions about whether he had been asked by the party not to run because of the many controversies dogging the Ford family, and said he supported leader Tim Hudak. He added that he and Rob will not be doing campaign work for Hudak in the event of a provincial election, because they are busy doing their own door-knocking.

Ford’s decision will have some provincial Conservatives breathing a sigh of relief, as many were privately concerned that the contentious councillor would be more of a liability than an asset.

Rob Ford joined his brother at the press conference, and was asked—presumably in reference to 20-year-old Humber student Mikey Ford—whether his nephew would run in Doug’s place. “I don’t know,” he said.


  • OgtheDim

    Some wag on twitter called Mikey

    Little Ford Fauntleroy

  • RodSheridan

    Good going Doug, with one announcement you’ve raised the quality of municipal and provincial politics.
    That leaves me hopeful that 2015 will be a Ford Free Year.

    • Paul Kishimoto

      Ford: not even once.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “I definitely have provincial political aspirations,” he said in a press conference today, ……

    “……..the problem is no sane political party wants me to run.”

  • PabloYYZ

    Douggie: “I can’t wear two hats and be a candidate for the PC Party and a campaign manager,”

    Funny, isn’t he also supposed to be a Councillor for Ward 2?

    • vampchick21

      Like he paid any attention to Ward 2 anyway.

  • allisonjayne

    “he does not intend to run for council in 2014″ OK WHEW.

  • dsmithhfx

    “if his brother wins re-election. It is unclear what this bargain job would involve.”

    I suppose that depends on whether Sandro L. goes to jail.

    • Marc Lostracco

      So, Doug is not running for his council seat either…so, If Ford wins again, I’ll bet Doug instantly becomes chief of staff, and we’ve still got both gangsters running the mayor’s office again and yammering on about which other councillors are on their hit list.

      • Matthew Fabb

        Jonathan Goldsbie ‏mentions that under current city council rules, hiring a family member for such a position would be illegal. That said, Goldsbie mentions it’s a rule created by the city council and they could potentially vote to change it.

        • Conservative Astroturf Brigade

          Doubt they would.

          Of course, the Fords would have been the very first to go off on a tangent if anybody else had even thought about that sort of nepotism.

          • Some times I just thinks

            However, it would make for some interesting reports from the Integrity Commissioner.

  • Graeme

    Honestly, what do you figure the odds are that this was his decision?

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      I figure it’s either Hudak telling him to GTFO, or Momma Ford telling him to babysit his idiot brother.

  • wklis

    Which riding would Doug Ford have run in? Maybe Doug Holyday might run again in that riding?

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Holyday is in Etobicoke Lakeshore. Doug would’ve run in Etobicoke North.

      • vampchick21

        Where he could have continued doing nothing as a rookie backbencher.

  • citizenontherun

    Oh look, Doug Ford said one thing we call all agree on. I should play the lottery today.

  • 2615152613

    Guaranteed the Cons told him ever so politely to fcuk off…the Ford bros never change their minds or have pause for second thought…used car salesman Tim Hudak no doubt recognized the toxicity of the Ford brand for anyone other than TCHC/illiterate C/conservatives

  • MaryL

    Goldsbie pointed out this (paywalled) G&M article on Doug that suggests he might never pass the background check anyway:

  • NYCBoy2305

    Drug dealers for Hudak! Catchy!

  • Tallulah Banker

    For just $1 a year we get a co-mayor to help steer the ship for those times when Rob Ford is indisposed due to a drunken stupor or some other of Rob’s predilections or his mouth is jammed up with his feet while we wait for another shoe to drop. Yet another reason to make sure Rob doesn’t win the election. As if!