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article imageRob Ford hints brother Doug could run for Ontario PC leadership

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 21, 2014 in Politics
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thinks his brother Doug Ford should run for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. Rob jokingly told media his brother "dithers" too much and has been doing just that on the subject of a PC leadership bid.
“He should be putting down his deposit right now,” Rob Ford said on Friday. It appears Doug is listening to his brother, as it seems he is almost ready to announce his candidacy for the leadership of the provincial PC party.
Rob Ford replaced by brother
After Rob was diagnosed with a rare cancer in his abdomen in September he began chemotherapy and dropped out of the race for mayor and was replaced by Doug. Doug lost that race and since has hinted that he may have bigger designs. He has not shied away from saying the provincial PC party needs renewal.
“We need to change the PC Party,” Doug said in Toronto Friday. “We need to change the province of Ontario. We’re in tremendous debt here. There is a lot of people in Ontario that want to make sure that we’re No. 1 again and that’s not the case under the Liberal government, they’ve wasted a lot of money.
"I know one thing, if we (the PC party) don’t change there will be Liberal governments wasting our money for the next 30 years.”
Doug Ford: "Outpouring of support"
Ford said he's received “a massive outpouring of support” for any potential leadership bid and said that sometime next week he'll make up his mind, which may be another way of saying that he'll make his announcement to run next week.
After Tim Hudak lost his second election as the leader of the Ontario PC's in June, he said he was stepping down. The leadership convention goes on May 9 and the official campaigning began on November 8. Those wishing to run, however, have until January 30 to declare.
To date there are five declared candidates, four of them are current sitting conservative MPPs and one, Patrick Brown, a former federal party MP. Doug Ford is currently a councilor for Ward 2 in Toronto but steps down when the transition of power comes on December 2. He has never held a provincial seat for the PC party, nor has he ever run before.
Ford, who has recently lost 25 pounds, turned 50 on Thursday.
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