Doug Ford announces intention to run as leader of the provincial Conservative party

Jan. 29, 2018

Doug Ford held a press conference on Monday to announce his intention to be the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

“Right now the party needs strong leadership. Someone who’s ready to clean up the mess and lead us into the June election.

“This is why, today, I’m announcing, I’ll be running for the leader of the Ontario PC party and to be the next premier of this great province,” Ford said.

In September, Ford announced his intention to run for mayor of Toronto in 2018. At the time, Ford told the media he wanted to continue Rob’s legacy. (Rob Ford was mayor of Toronto between 2010 and 2014, faced controversy over substance abuse, and passed away in 2016 with a rare form of cancer).

“I had every intention of running for mayor of this great city, but I can’t watch the party I love fall into the hands of the elites,” Ford said.

Earlier Monday morning, Mayor John Tory was asked by a reporter if he had changed his mind about running for the Ontario PC leadership. “I have a job that I love. I have a job that I’m looking forward to continuing in.”