Doug Ford came to town Monday morning, meeting about 50 people gathered at John’s Restaurant and outlining what he hopes to accomplish if Progressive Conservative members give him their nod in voting that will start later this week.
The former Toronto politician, who had planned to face Toronto Mayor John Tory for a rematch of the 2014 race (Ford came in second to Tory), abandoned that attempt in favour of competing in the PC leadership race.
Ford runs a business, Deco Labels and Tags, that was founded by his father, Doug Ford Sr., a former MPP.
The leadership candidate outlined his platform, which focuses on a theme of cutting taxes, at least in part through attrition.
He said running the government in a more efficient manner is critical, adding that he will, as Premier (should he be elected and the PCs win in June) “put money back in the peoples’ pockets.”
“Ever single bureaucrat, every single MPP, all the liberal insiders, liberal mania, we’re going to the establishment the elites to account,” said Ford.
Pointing out Sarnia’s position as being a border city, Ford says he would position the province as being “open for business.”