Coun. Doug Ford, who took the place of his ailing brother in the Toronto mayor's race, will appear on CBC Radio's Metro Morning show Friday in an interview that CBCNews.ca will stream in live video.
Members of our audience can catch host Matt Galloway's interview with Coun. Ford through a number of formats:
- Livestream video: Just click on the image that will appear at the top of this story. The interview will begin at 7:40 a.m. ET Friday, but it's a good idea to come to the page a few minutes before the livestream begins. If you can't watch at 7:40 a.m., no problem. We will post video of the full interview inside this story about an hour after it's over.
- Livestream audio: You can listen to live audio of the interview here.
- Live radio: If you're in the Toronto listening area, tune in to 99.1 FM.
A few weeks ago, Doug Ford was thought to be on his way out of politics at Toronto City Hall. He was not seeking re-election in his Ward 2 council seat and his stated plans were to manage his brother's re-election campaign and then return to the family's printing business.
But in the second week of September, changes came that reshaped the race for mayor. Rob Ford was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, forcing him to drop his bid for re-election as he underwent chemotherapy. An hour ahead of the registration deadline for candidates, Doug Ford signed on as a candidate for mayor while Rob Ford entered the council race in Ward 2.
Since then, Doug Ford has been playing catch-up, working to get his last-minute campaign up and running against two experienced opponents who had been on the campaign trail for months: former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory and former NDP MP Olivia Chow.
So far Doug Ford's campaign is identical to his brother's, with a focus on keeping taxes low and favouring subways over surface rail to address Toronto's transit woes. On Wednesday, he vowed to trim the municipal land transfer tax, something his brother failed to get a majority of other councillors to support during his four-year term.
Polls suggest Ford is running second to Tory with Chow in third place with less than four weeks to go before voters head to the polls on Oct. 27.