UPDATE: Doug Ford puts dream of being an MPP on hold

Councillor Doug Ford will run brother Rob Ford's re-election campaign instead of pursuing a nomination to run for the Tories

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.

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  1. AC posted on 02/20/2014 12:08 PM
    Damn! I'm disappointed. it would of guaranteed a LIB/NDP win if Drug was running. Now it's too close to call when ever there is an election but i have full confidence in Tim Hudak all by himself he will mess it up without Drug helping him out.
    1. john posted on 02/20/2014 01:36 PM
      @AC i am glade he did . the last thing we need in power is a win bag .
  2. Grannie posted on 02/20/2014 12:54 PM
    Doug Ford is presuming that he would be welcomed as a Conservative candidate. Somehow I doubt that Tim Hudak wants to hitch is wagon to the Ford Nation Team and all that they stand for.
    1. AC posted on 02/20/2014 04:37 PM
      @Grannie I would be running and hiding from these 2 sociopaths as much as i could
  3. Frankie posted on 02/20/2014 01:04 PM
    If the reports of the Ford brothers growing up as toughies and not savoury are accurate Doug'd be more suited to the Liberals
  4. AllanG posted on 02/20/2014 01:13 PM
    "I can't wear two hats being a candidate for the PC party and being a campaign manager".
    What about councillor? That job wasn't even worthy of a mention. It's a nothing job.
  5. justsaying posted on 02/21/2014 01:54 PM
    re: What about councillor? That job wasn't even worthy of a mention

    So true and one he should be held to accountable for. What did he doe as a councilor other than stand up for his brother and shout down anyone who dared speak the truth?

    He initiated no legislation, he has never done any civic anything in his entire life and as a councilor....did nothing for his constituents cause he though his role was that of being the #2 man in the city... but he isn't.

    He does not have one civic-minded bone in his body. Even the PC's know he is to be avoided like the plague.

    And if Etobicoke votes in another Ford, can we please annex Etobicoke to Mississauga and be done with them?
  6. DW posted on 03/08/2014 04:38 PM
    Would Doug take the same people to Queen's Park that in his anything submit to criminal record check??
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