Doug Ford (politician)
|Preceded by||Jim Henderson|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
|Born||Douglas Bruce Ford
February 27, 1933
|Died||September 22, 2006
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Diane Campbell|
Douglas Bruce "Doug" Ford (February 27, 1933 – September 22, 2006) was a Canadian businessman and politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 1999.
Life and career
Ford was born in Toronto, to a large family, and lived on the Danforth area of East York, Ontario. As a youth, Ford was a championship swimmer, and in 1954, at the age of 16, attempted to cross Lake Ontario in the same CNE Marathon swim which was completed by Marilyn Bell.
Before entering politics, Ford was the owner of Deco Adhesive Products Limited of Rexdale, Ontario. and an active Rotarian. He was elected to the provincial legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating incumbent Liberal Jim Henderson by about 4,500 votes in Etobicoke—Humber. For the next four years, he sat as a backbench supporter of Mike Harris's government.
In 1996, the Harris government reduced the number of provincial ridings from 130 to 103, a change which forced some sitting MPPs from the same party to fight one another for re-nomination. Ford challenged Chris Stockwell for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the newly created riding of Etobicoke Centre. Despite support from Jim Flaherty and others in cabinet, he was defeated.
Doug and his wife, Ruth, had four children: Doug, Randy, Kathy and Rob. Rob is the current Mayor of Toronto, and former councillor. Doug Ford, Jr. is the current City Councillor for Ward 2 - Etobicoke North, Rob Ford's old council seat. Randy Ford is co-owner of Deco Labels and runs the operations in the absence of Doug Ford Jr, who was President of the firm before becoming City Councillor.
Ford died in 2006 in Toronto.
The former Weston Wood Park on Royal York Road, north of Weston Woods Road, was renamed Douglas B. Ford Park in 2010. The park backs onto the Ford family home.
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