Since officially entering the race on Sept. 12, Doug Ford has mostly picked up where his brother Mayor Rob Ford left off, policy-wise, with some adjustments.
Reviving a promise from his brother’s 2010 mayoral election campaign, Ford has vowed to reduce the land-transfer tax by 15 per cent annually over his four-year term, if elected. Ford says he’ll make up the loss of revenue by contracting out garbage east of Yonge Street and consolidating procurement among city agencies.
Doug Ford is using the transit plan originally put forth by Rob Ford as the basis for his transit platform, also calling for 32 kilometres of subways at an estimated cost of $9 billion. Unlike Rob, Doug has come out in favour of prioritizing the Downtown Relief Line.
Doug Ford entered the race with enough support to land in second place and his campaign has gained steam since Sept. 22. The most recent Forum Research poll, published on Oct. 7, put Ford at 37 per cent support, just two points back from front-runner John Tory, but within the 2.8 margin of error.
Activist Jude MacDonald filed an application with the Ontario Superior Court, alleging the Ford brothers broke the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act rules by taking part in council debates and votes related to clients of their family business – Deco Labels.
Mayor Ford left the mayoral race on Sept. 12 amid medical troubles to be replaced by his brother Doug. That gives Doug Ford 45 days to campaign for the city’s top job. Doug Ford has announced support in the past for reducing the municipal election from 10 months to four months, something he and rival Olivia Chow agreed upon.