Doug Ford tells reporters he won't run in the provincial election expected this spring
James Moore/Newstalk 1010
Doug Ford is putting his dream of seeking provincial office on hold.
"The timing right now just doesn't work" the Toronto councillor told reporters at City Hall on Thursday.
Ford has long talked about his desire to run for the Progressive Conservatives in the riding of Etobicoke North. He announced several weeks ago that he would not seek re-election to his City Council seat.
A provincial election could come as soon as the spring.
Ford says his priority right now is fulfilling his brother Rob's agenda at City Hall and making sure he is elected to a second term as Mayor this fall.
"I can't wear two hats being a candidate for the PC party and being a campaign manager". The elder Ford says trying to do both would let a lot of people down.
Top Tory officials have been lukewarm on the idea of Doug Ford representing the party, and PC leader Tim Hudak has refused to answer direct questions on Ford's potential candidacy in recent months.
Still, Doug Ford says he's "obligated" to the party and that Hudak "would be the best Premier for this province, bar none".
He says while he and his brother will support the PCs, they won't be involved in a campaign this time around.
When asked whether he feels the Tories wanted him to represent the party, Ford says the leadership has never made the Ford family feel that way.
"We're part of the PC family ... I've never heard anything different," he says.
Doug Ford hasn't shut the door on trying to land a job at Queen's Park for good.
"I will eventually, one day, run provincially", he vowed.
Ford's father, Doug Ford Sr., represented the PCs in the Legislature from 1995 to 1999.
He passed away in 2006.