Doug Ford Bio
Douglas Robert Ford born November 20, 1964, is a Canadian businessman and politician serving as the 26th and current premier of Ontario since June 29, 2018. He represents the riding of Etobicoke North.
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Douglas Robert Ford
November 20, 1964
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Children||4 (including Krista)|
|Father||Doug Ford Sr.|
|Residence||Humberwood, Etobicoke, Toronto|
|Alma mater||Scarlett Heights Collegiate Institute (HS); Humber College (dropped out)|
Doug Ford Biography
With his brother Randy, Ford co-owns Deco Labels and Tags, a printing business operating in Canada and the United States that was founded by their father, Doug Ford Sr., who served as a Member of Provincial Parliament from 1995 to 1999. Ford was Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North from 2010 to 2014 at the same time that his brother, Rob Ford, was Mayor of Toronto. Ford ran for the 2014 Toronto mayoral election, where he placed second behind John Tory. In 2018, Ford won the party leadership election of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and led the Tories to a majority win in the 2018 Ontario general election.
Early life, family, and education
Ford was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, the second of four children of Doug Bruce and Ruth Diane (née Campbell) Ford. His paternal grandparents were English immigrants. He attended Scarlett Heights Collegiate Institute for five years, graduating in 1983. He then attended Humber College for two months before dropping out.
Early business career
Furthermore, In the 1990s, Ford became involved in the running of Deco Labels and Tags, a business co-founded by his father in 1962. The company makes pressure-sensitive labels for plastic-wrapped grocery products. Doug Jr. became president of the company in 2002, and was responsible for the company’s expansion into Chicago. Nearing his death, his father divided up the company, leaving 40% to Doug Jr., 40% to Randy and 20% to Rob. In 2008, Doug Jr. launched the purchase of Wise Tag and Label in New Jersey and fired Wise Tag’s manager. Former Deco employees suggest that the company was well-managed under Doug Jr., and that he was well-liked in Chicago, but that the company declined under Randy’s leadership after Doug Jr. entered politics in 2010. As of 2011, Ford and his mother were directors of the company, managed by his brother Randy.
Ford and his wife Karla (née Middlebrook) have four daughters: Krista, Kayla, Kara and Kyla. He has said that Karla’s maternal grandparents were Jewish and immigrated to Canada from Europe to flee persecution.
Ford became an “ethical vegetarian” after working in a meatpacking plant as a teenager, and while this is no longer the case, he still does not eat red meat.
Doug Ford Book
A book by Doug and Rob Ford titled Ford Nation: Two Brothers, One Vision – The True Story of the People’s Mayor appeared in 2016. In a November 2017 episode of the TVOntario series Political Blind Date, Ford was paired with then Ontario NDP MPP for Bramalea—Gore—Malton Jagmeet Singh. The pair explored different forms of transportation, with Singh taking Ford on a downtown Toronto bicycle ride while Ford drove Singh along with the dedicated streetcar right-of-way on St. Clair Avenue. Ford said of the experience that the two became friends, and Singh said Ford was “very warm and friendly”.
Moreover, In 2014, Doug and his mother donated $90,000 to Humber River Hospital, where Rob Ford was receiving care. Upon Rob’s death, Doug and Randy took on stewardship of Rob’s share of Deco Labels and Tags.
In 2018, Rob’s widow sued Doug and Randy for mismanagement of Rob’s estate, saying their actions deprived her and her children of due compensation while overseeing business losses at Deco Labels totaling half of the company’s market value. In response, Doug alleged that the claims and the lawsuit’s timing in the same week as the 2018 Ontario election amounted to extortion.
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