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Doug Ford’s Media Tour

The mayor's brother talked to various members of the press yesterday, and had many choice words for Toronto's chief of police.

Photo by photopia, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Chief Bill Blair recently sat down with CP24 and explained that he had been “deeply offended” by the language Rob Ford used in reference to him in the Steak Queen video (among other things, the mayor called him a “cocksucker”). Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North)—Rob Ford’s brother, campaign manager, and frequent unofficial spokesperson—then proceeded to spend much of the day yesterday speaking out about what he sees as abuses of power by Chief Bill Blair. Here are just a few of the things he had to say at a few of the stops he made:

Press Scrum at City Hall

Doug announces he’s going to be filing another complaint against Chief Bill Blair. He insists he has never had any contact with Sandro Lisi—”I’ve never met Mr. Lisi, I’ve never talked to Mr. Lisi”—which is somewhat surprising, as Lisi volunteered for Rob Ford’s 2010 campaign and, of course, served as the mayor’s occasional driver.

Doug also suggests that there is an anti-Ford conspiracy involving Chief Bill Blair, police board member Andy Pringle, and mayoral candidate John Tory: “Put the dots together—Andy Pringle, the chief, and John Tory are all good buddies. I find it very very suspicious in my opinion, that all the dots are finally connecting as I said they would.”

The John Oakley Show — AM640

According to Doug, Chief Blair is lawless—”No one is holding this guy accountable. He thinks he’s in the Wild West, running around, shooting his mouth off…and someone has to rein him in. He’s getting out of control now, in my opinion.” But he’s also extremely calculating, and the “most political chief” Doug’s ever seen. Which is why, Doug contends, it’s “time for this guy to go.”

The Arlene Bynon Show – CanadaTalks SiriusXM 167

Doug provides more details about his Blair-Pringle-Tory conspiracy theory: “It’s not a coincidence they’re good friends. Andy Pringle, the gentleman that took him on the trip, was John Tory’s chief of staff; he’s also, from what I understand, raising funds for John Tory—better known as the bag man.”

Doug Ford’s anti-Blair media offensive might not be having the effect he’d been hoping for: a CFRB 1010 poll found that over 90% of respondents, when asked whose side they were on when it came to the Ford-Blair feud, answered “I support the chief.”


  • Some times I just thinks

    Well, Rob is one up on him in libel suits. Sibling rivalry is a real thing.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    It’s always a conspiracy with them.

    • estta

      “I find it very very suspicious in my opinion, that all the dots are finally connecting as I said they would.”

      A conspiracy that he concocted that he also finds suspicious? It’s like he’s speaking another language.

      • Dinah Might

        Hmm… Doug Ford, Vladimir Putin, and Justin Bieber have all done things to make me angry. They’re in a conspiracy together!!

        And look, they all did new things I don’t like! The dots that I drew myself are connecting just as I said they would!!

  • OgtheDim

    People pay money to listen to Talk Radio over satellite?

  • Dinah Might

    I was just reading on Slate how smoking crack makes you paranoid. Funny that.

  • Matt Patterson

    I love how he adds “better known as the bag man” to make Pringle sound more sinister. The Ford’s have their own bag man – or at least they did in 2010 (I’m not sure anyone’s willing to take the job this time). And Pringle donated $2500 to the Fords in 2010.

    Anyway, all of these conservatives helped elect Ford in the first place. They’re all getting exactly what they deserve.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Yes, they threw in with these oafs so they should’ve know what they’d get. Now they are anxiously backing yesterday’s Man, Mitt, er John Tory, hoping he can hold off Olivia Chow. I feel sad that the best the right can field is Tory and Stintz and the offensive Ford. Soknacki I find appealing but don’t hold out hope as he’s unknown and will be fighting a media battle against the Drama Queen and the Two Contenders

  • Steven Eaton

    The more Doug Ford speaks publicily, the more the public will be aware what a weak minded lunatic he is.

  • Steven Eaton

    Just nuts how the media let Doug Ford rant on, spewing false information and not answer the tough questions they should both answer. I think they media should ignore them, refuse to let them present their views if they dont back up their statements with proof and answer the questions we all want answered.

    • Punned_It

      I have started a petition to ask the media to leave the Ford brothers alone. I’ll be dropping it off at local media (starting with CITY-TV) once I’ve collected a few hundred signatures. If you’d like to see less of the Ford show, please sign it:

  • dsmithhfx

    Doug’s lawyer must have told him to finish everything he says with “in my opinion”.

    • PabloYYZ


      Slower than a speeding streetcar, less powerful than a Pam McConnell, and almost able to stumble over potholes in a single bound. It’s Hotmail Lawyer To The Rescue!

      -sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

  • vampchick21

    I dare somebody to courier Doug a tinfoil hat.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    The more Doug Ford talks, the more he reminds me of Milhouse explaining the conspiracy of reverse vampires to the rest of Springfield’s kids. “We’re through the looking glass, people…”

    Can’t wait when he gets to the part where CFRB is in on the conspiracy against him and his brother. Oh, wait! He already has! The station that let him and his brother rant for two hours a week for a year is in Tory’s pocket as their official campaign boosters! It’s all coming together now…

  • Fred

    “And in the end, it was John Tory who shot JFK.” – Doug Ford

  • whatafoolbelieves

    Nicely done, Arlene, you had D Ford going in circles….