Doug Ford MPP is a Canadian political figure and entrepreneur who has held the position of Ontario’s 26th and present premier since June 2018. He has also been the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party since March 2018. In the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, he represents the Toronto constituency of Etobicoke North.
Height-5 ft 11 in
Full name- Douglas Robert Ford Jr.
Born- 20 November 1964
Birthplace- Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada
Profession-Politician and Entrepreneur
Spouse- Karla Ford
Party- Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Office- Premier of Ontario since 2018
Hailing from Etobicoke, Ontario, Ford was the second child among the four offspring of Doug Bruce Ford Sr. and Ruth Diane Ford (formerly Campbell). His paternal grandparents originated from England.
Wife and Children
Ford, together with his wife Karla, is the parent of four daughters named Krista, Kayla, Kara, and Kyla.
He completed his twelfth-grade education at Scarlett Heights Collegiate Institute. Following that, he briefly enrolled at Humber College for a period of two months before discontinuing his studies without obtaining a degree.
Early Business Career
During the 1980s, Ford was involved in the illicit sale of hashish for several years, a period preceding the legalization of cannabis in Canada.
In the 1990s, Ford became engaged in the operations of Deco Labels and Tags, a business co-founded by his father back in 1962. The company specializes in manufacturing pressure-sensitive labels for plastic-wrapped grocery items. Doug Jr. assumed the role of company president in 2002 and played a pivotal role in expanding the company into Chicago.
Towards the end of his life, his father divided the company’s ownership, allocating 40 percent to Doug Jr., another 40 percent to Randy, and the remaining 20 percent to Rob. In 2008, Doug Jr. orchestrated the acquisition of Wise Tag and Label in New Jersey, leading to the dismissal of Wise Tag’s manager. Former Deco employees noted that the Chicago branch was effectively managed under Doug Jr.’s leadership and that he was well-liked. However, the company’s performance experienced a decline under Randy’s stewardship after Doug Jr. entered the political arena in 2010.
As of 2011, Ford and his mother held director positions within the company, which was managed by his brother Randy.
Early Politics Career
Ford’s initial foray into politics occurred when Doug Holyday reached out to Deco for the printing of campaign stickers for his mayoral bid in Etobicoke during the 1994 election. Ford, motivated by this opportunity, actively engaged in canvassing for Holyday’s campaign.
Following this, he played a pivotal role in supporting his father’s pursuits as a PC MPP candidate in both the 1995 and 1999 elections. In addition, Ford assumed responsibility for managing his brother Rob’s council campaigns in 2000, 2003, and 2006. He also played a significant role in Rob’s successful mayoral campaign in 2010.
Career in Municipal politics
On October 25, 2010, Doug Ford secured a seat as a city councillor on Toronto City Council, representing Ward 2. This election followed his brother Rob’s successful bid for the position of Toronto’s mayor. Upon his election, Doug Ford made a noteworthy commitment to donate his annual salary of $100,000 to various community organizations.
During his tenure as a city councillor, Ford cast votes in favor of several significant measures, including the privatization of garbage pickup west of Yonge Street, the designation of the Toronto Transit Commission as an essential service, reductions in the office budgets of city councillors, and the elimination of the vehicle registration tax.
he entered the race for the 2014 Toronto mayoral election, securing the second position with John Tory emerging as the winner.
In 2018, Ford emerged victorious in the party leadership election of the PC Party, subsequently guiding the PC Party to major victories in both the 2018 and 2022 general elections.
Net Worth 2023
As of 2023, Doug Ford’s estimated net worth, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth, stands at approximately $50 million.
Latest News about Doug Ford
Doug calls for end to Bank of Canada interest rate hikes
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has requested the Bank of Canada to cease its interest rate hikes, citing the financial hardships faced by Ontario families and businesses who are struggling to cope with further increases.
The Bank of Canada has raised interest rates on ten occasions since March 2022 in an attempt to combat inflation. In January, it temporarily paused these rate hikes to assess whether the economy had adequately cooled down before resuming them in June. The upcoming interest rate decision by the bank is scheduled for Wednesday.
In a letter addressed to Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem on Sunday, Ford expressed his concerns, stating, “Your rate hikes have made it extremely challenging for young individuals, newcomers, and first-time homebuyers to find affordable housing. I implore you to take into account the impact that higher interest rates are having on everyday citizens who are simply striving to make ends meet.”
It’s worth noting that Ford is not the only provincial leader to make such an appeal. His request follows a similar letter penned by British Columbia Premier David Eby to Macklem just days ago.
Ford’s preference is for the federal government to collaborate with provinces and territories on vital infrastructure projects that can generate higher-paying jobs and enhance the production of goods and services. This, he believes, will help reduce the cost of essential items, which are currently at an all-time high, instead of resorting to further interest rate hikes.