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