Stop everything, the Ford brothers officially want Canadians to know about their federal political ambitions.
Rob Ford spoke to Bloomberg on Thursday, confirming his brother Doug would consider stepping into a Conservative leadership race if a minority government forms on Oct. 19, which may prompt Stephen Harper to step down, he said.
Ford, former mayor of Canada’s largest city and admitted smoker of crack cocaine, added that Doug is “as popular as anyone else across Canada.”
The former Toronto city councillor wasn't shy about sharing his confidence about the Conservative leader’s leadership, saying Harper has his “100 per cent” support.
“I don’t think I’ll have to because hopefully he’ll be prime minister for the next 20 years,” Doug said. The two brothers also weighed in on the trial of Mike Duffy unfolding before an Ottawa court.
Rob called Nigel Wright’s intention behind cutting Duffy a $90,00 cheque “sincere” and Doug praised Harper’s character, calling him “honest as the day is long.”
The Huffington Post Canada asked the Conservative party for comment about the Ford brothers’ endorsement. This post will be updated if the party responds.
The latest Ford fodder of course stoked some knee-jerk and creative reactions.
@canadiancynic Doug Ford, merciful Jesus, are we trying to trump Trump?— Robert Jensen (@RobertJensen2) August 21, 2015
Doug Ford running if Harper steps down? Is this some kind of reverse psychology thing? #exln42— Ian Cordingley (@IanCordingley) August 21, 2015
Doug Ford is a master politician: "Vote Harper... or I'll run for CPC leadership."
Couldn't make a better case to Vote Harper.— Phil (@AlsoNamedPhil) August 21, 2015
I'm saving this for the day Doug Ford becomes leader of the CPC.
Our Trump.August 21, 2015
Last year, the elder Ford squashed rumours he would enter a leadership race to replace Tim Hudak as Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader.
At a November press conference announcing his decision, he said people are “hungry for change” across the province — a swipe at Ontario Liberals.
“They’re tired of seeing the deficit bloom, they’re tired of the massive debt that we’re facing in this province every day,” he said at the time.
Last month, the Bank of Canada revised its economic forecast to state the federal government is expected to run a $1-billion deficit in 2015-16.
Doug entered the Toronto mayoral race after his brother was forced to drop out after after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour.
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