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Rob Ford: If Stephen Harper Steps Down, Doug Will Step Up

08/21/2015 02:36 EDT | Updated 08/21/2015 08:59 EDT

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.

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.

After leaving politics, Doug returned to head the family’s label business, keeping himself busy with university speaking arrangements, mulling professorships, and taking kids to Muskoka.

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