UPDATE: Doug Ford not confirming or denying rumours he would run
There have been rumours that councillor Doug Ford would run for mayor if his brother couldn't take part in a byelection.
On the Jerry Agar Show on Newstalk 1010 Wednesday morning, councillor Ford wouldn ot confirm or deny the rumours.
"Let's cross that bridge when we get to it," councillor Ford says.
Councillor Ford says his brother is his priority right now.
"Rob's the mayor and I'm going to do everything I can to help Rob continue being the mayor and delivering the services," he says.
If Rob Ford loses his appeal, councillor Doug Ford says that a byelection is the only way forward.
"Let the people decide," councillor Ford says.
The Toronto Star had claimed that should Rob Ford be denied the ability to run for mayor again until 2014, Doug Ford would run for mayor in a byelection and Rob Ford would try to run for the Progressive Conservatives in the next Ontario election.
The city solicitor tried to clear up any confusion in council on Tuesday. Anna Kinastowski believes the wording in Justice Hackland's ruling prevents the mayor from running for office again until 2014. Doug Ford disagrees with that, and their lawyers say the solicitor is incorrect, and they will be seeking further clarification from the courts on it.
Councillor Ford claims that "Ford Nation" and their team are ready to go, and if they had their choice, there would be a byelection as soon as possible. The article also states that only hours after that ruling from Justice Hackland came down, those that are closest to the Ford brothers met in Etobicoke to plan out their next steps.
A new Forum Research poll that was conducted the day that Ford was ousted from office, showed that MP Olivia Chow is the favourite. She received 41 percent support, while Rob Ford got 32. When those surveyed were asked if they would vote Doug Ford for mayor, still, Chow came out first with 40 percent while Doug Ford received 26 percent.
The Mayor's lawyer will appear before that panel Wednesday, December 5, asking that the judges stay the ruling that Ford vacate office December 10th. That would keep Ford in office and the appeal of the judgement that he breached the Conflict of interest law would be heard starting January 7th.
(With files from D. Agar and M. Rosa)