Time for Doug Ford to step up

Former mayor Rob Ford’s legacy and historical importance is intact.


The late politician is a Toronto treasure, whether the left likes it or not, just like former NDP leader Jack Layton — much to the chagrin of many on the right.

Both men, who lost their lives to cancer, made their mark. Now it’s another good man’s turn.

There is going to come a point when Doug Ford is going to have to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.

I was hoping that time was Tuesday when he summoned the media to mom Diane’s house.

Loads of speculation had him running at all three levels of government, including taking a shot at the federal Conservative leadership.

This is what I think he should do. Take Ford Nation to the nation.

Instead, what we got was a new book, coming soon to sort out the past and rightfully settle some old scores.

“No one is going to be untouched in this book,” said Doug.

I hope he exposes the abuse of police resources and the courts which were used as tools to help take down an elected mayor.

A lot of people had agendas and exaggerated in their stories. It was like Ford had a bounty on his head.

A lot of people got famous and built careers off the backs of Rob Ford and did not get their facts straight.

All some can do is boast a tale of the fish that got away. They never delivered the crack video and they didn’t force Rob to resign. They didn’t land him in jail or turn the whole city against him.

They failed.

It was a brutal cancer that got him.

But before it did, Rob talked with a ghost writer from his hospital bed.

“There’s no politician safe in this country when this comes out, from the prime minister to the premier to the mayor,” Doug Ford promised.

“It’s gonna rock the political world.”

I can’t wait. This is not a story from outside spin but one from the guys at the centre of it. Ford Nation: Two Brothers, One Vision — The True Story of the People’s Mayor will be released by Harper Collins on Nov. 22, and all proceeds will go to charity.

It will make a great movie, too — one not written by people who hated Rob and profited politically off his struggles with addiction.

But once that is done, Doug must let Rob go and plan to take the fiscal conservatism that got highjacked in Toronto to the national stage.

Take the spirit of Ford Nation and aim it at the Liberals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who Doug described as a “camp counsellor, snowboard instructor and part-time drama teacher.”

“Our new prime minister (is) running around, taking pictures with Vogue rather than worrying about jobs and the finances of this country, running up billions of dollars of debt within this first few months,” said Ford.

“He is unqualified to run any company, let alone the country.”

OK, Doug. Do something about it.

Commit to this leadership campaign, which, after Peter MacKay decided not to run, sure as hell could use you. Sign up some members and make a case.

Enough hinting and drama. Enough missed opportunities. Stick your darn name on a ballot.

“I can assure you I will be running politically,” he insisted.

With weakness and high spenders all around, what the hell are you waiting for? Conservatives are looking for a real conservative.

Ford Nation will play well across country, just like Trump Nation in the U.S.

I think it’s great he’s doing a book, and I think he and Rob should have a book to tell their story.

But Rob is gone, and it’s time for Doug to start writing a whole new story in Canadian politics.

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