Doug Ford says he might run for mayor again in 2018. Ford told the Toronto Sun Friday that most of city council isn’t holding Mayor John Tory’s feet to the fire when it comes to using tax dollars wisely.
“No one is holding (Tory) accountable at City Hall,” he said. “It’s a big Kumbaya and the only people who get hurt are the taxpayers.”
Ford, who lost the mayor’s race to Tory in the fall of 2014, said he’s upset by how taxes and the size of the city’s bureaucracy have increased during the last two years.
“It’s just tax, tax, tax,” he said. “(Tory) hasn’t saved one single penny. The bureaucracy has grown even at a higher rate. The budget is growing faster than under David Miller. It’s a disaster.”
Ford surprised many earlier this week when he failed to announce his intention to run to fill the Etobicoke North (Ward 2) — the council seat left vacant after the death of his brother, former mayor Rob Ford. Instead, Ford’s nephew, Michael, will run in the byelection to fill the seat.
“I have all the confidence in the world in Michael,” he said. “I trust his judgment more than the vast majority of the councillors down there.”
Mayor John Tory’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Ford said right now he needs to focus on family and his business. In particular, he is spending more time with Rob’s young children.
“I’ve told Rob’s kids I’m going to be there for them,” he said. “They’re going through a tough time right now.”
But Ford also said he hasn’t ruled out a run for a seat in the provincial legislature as a Progressive Conservative.
“So, there’s really two options,” he added.
Ford slammed the Liberal government for racking up billions in debt.
“I want to go down there and create jobs and make Ontario prosperous again,” he said. I’m confident under Patrick Brown and the team he’ll build around him we’re going to bring prosperity, jobs and put money back into the taxpayers’ pockets instead of the government’s pocket.”
Ford said he will be out campaigning with his Michael for the Etobicoke North (Ward 2) seat during the next few months.