Doug Ford won't rule out PC leadership run
Former mayoral candidate Doug Ford. (Toronto Sun files)
Doug Ford won’t rule out running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.
Ford — who lost the mayor’s race on Monday night to John Tory — has long talked about his desire to run provincially. In the wake of his stronger than expected showing in the mayoral election, Ford wasn’t ruling out throwing his hat in the ring to become the PC’s next leader.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Ford told the Toronto Sun on Tuesday night.
The Etobicoke North (Ward 2) councillor’s term ends on Nov. 30. Leadership candidates have until Jan. 30, 2015 to register to run and the PC’s won’t choose a new leader until May 2015. The next provincial election will be held in 2018.
Although he said he won’t make a decision about running for the PC leadership for a “little bit,” Ford stressed the provincial party needs renewal and insisted he could provide it.
“It needs to take a different philosophy, a different route,” he said. “We’ve got to start working on the progressive side of the party.”
He argued the party needs to keep trying to appeal to fiscal conservatives but also recognize many blue collar workers that want a fiscally conservative approach also have “a big social conscience.”
The ex-mayoral candidate argued he already has a solid base in Toronto (he won 33.7% of the vote on Monday night) and would also be able to draw supporters from the 905 and 705 regions. Ford added he also has a “solid, unbelievable” campaign team from the mayoral campaign.
“I’d have a 10 times better chance at delivering Toronto or seats in Toronto than anybody running right now,” Ford said. “You have to win seats in Toronto.”
Earlier this year, Ford mused that the PC party needed an “enema from top to bottom” after losing the election to Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals.
“You can’t go after union members, you can’t tell people that you’re going to be fired, 100,000 people,” he said at the time.