Doug Ford decides not to run in next provincial election

Toronto Councillor Doug Ford hold a press conference to announce that does not plan to run in a...

Toronto Councillor Doug Ford hold a press conference to announce that does not plan to run in a potential provincial election this year. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

Maryam Shah, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

TORONTO — There won’t be a Ford brother in Queen’s Park any time soon.

Coun. Doug Ford announced he won’t run for a provincial seat in a possible spring election because he’s managing his brother’s mayoral campaign.

“You can’t put your butt on two sides of the fence,” he told reporters outside the mayor’s office.

He also won’t run for re-election to council, hinting another Ford family member may run.

Coun. Ford denied his decision has anything to do with the scandals that have rocked the mayor’s office in the past few months.

“I’d be letting down Rob, I’d be letting down my family, I’d be letting down the PC party because I’d be split on both sides, and I’d be letting down the people of Etobicoke North in Toronto,” he said.

Ford did say he will run provincially one day.

“I love provincial politics,” he said.

Rob Ford said he respects his brother’s decision.

“He would’ve been a fantastic, not just an MPP, he would’ve been a minister,” he said. “And one day he’s going to be leader of the party.”

Coun. Adam Vaughan said having Doug Ford unsuccessfully run in an election would have inflicted “even more damage to the Ford brand.”


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