Rob Ford

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Rob Ford
Ford in 2011
64th Mayor of Toronto
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Deputy Doug Holyday 2010-2013
Norm Kelly 2013-Present
Preceded by David Miller
Personal details
Born Robert Bruce Ford
May 28, 1969 (1969-05-28) (age 45)
Etobicoke, Ontario
Political party Independent (2000–present) Note: Municipal politicians in Toronto run on a Nonpartisan basis
Other political
affiliations
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario[1]
Spouse(s) Renata Brejniak (m. 2000)
Children 2
Residence Toronto
Profession Politician

Robert Bruce "Rob" Ford (born May 28, 1969) is a Canadian politician and businessman. He is the sixty-fourth and current Mayor of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Before he was elected mayor, Ford was a city councilor. He was first elected to Toronto City Council in the 2000 Toronto municipal election. He was re-elected to his council seat twice. Ford was elected mayor in the 2010 mayoral election and he took office in December 2010.

Personal life[change | change source]

Rob Ford was born in Etobicoke, Ontario in 1969.[2] He was a son of Doug Ford, Sr., now deceased.[2] and his wife Diane.[3] Ford attended the public Scarlett Heights high school in Etobicoke. There he played center for the school's football team.[3] Ford wanted to play professional football. His father treated him to summer football camps with the Washington Redskins and the University of Notre Dame.[3] After graduating from high school, Ford went to Carleton University in Ottawa to study political science. Ford made the football squad, but did not play in any games.[4]

Ford started a sales job after Carleton at Deco Labels and Tags, the family business.[5] In 2000, Ford married Renata Brejniak. Ford and Renata, and their daughter Stephanie and son Doug reside in Etobicoke.[2] After Doug Ford Sr.'s death in 2006, the Ford family retained ownership of the firm through the Doug Ford Holdings corporation.[6] Ford, along with his brothers and his mother are directors of the company.[6]

Political career[change | change source]

Ford served three terms as City Councillor from 2000 until October 2010. Ford was elected mayor in 2012 with 383,501 votes (47%).[7] Among his accomplishments Ford arranged an agreement with the city's largest union to outsource garbage collection west of Yonge Street to a private contractor.[8] This was done with no work stoppage.

When he ran for mayor Ford proposed to make the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) an 'essential service'. Under Ontario law, an essential service prevents its workers from going on strike. The Toronto City Council approved in January 2011. The Government of Ontario introduced the The Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act in February 2011[9] and it became law in March 2011.[10] Another campaign promise was to cancel the annual $60 personal vehicle registration tax. The council approved and it went into effect on January 1, 2011.[11]

His first budget (2011) was balanced with no increase in taxes. A planned TTC hike was cancelled after Ford objected to it.[12] In 2013, the city budget increased to $9.4 billion for operating expenses and $2.27 billion for capital projects. The 2013 budget did not use surplus monies to balance the budget. [13] Before the 2014 budget, Ford's office staff was shrunk and his responsibilities and committee controls were reduced.[14]

References[change | change source]

  1. Gilbert, Richard (December 30, 2010). "When will Ford's honeymoon end?". Toronto Star: p. A23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Toronto mayor, Rob Ford". City of Toronto. http://www.toronto.ca/mayor_ford/index.htm. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Marci McDonald, 'The Incredible Shrinking Mayor', Toronto Life (May 2012)
  4. Rider, David (December 21, 2010). "Rob Ford's confusing university life". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/news/torontocouncil/article/910648--rob-ford-s-confusing-university-life. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  5. McDonald 2012, p. 43.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lorinc, John (April 6, 2011). "Ford's unique approach to campaign financing: Borrow from family firm". The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/fords-unique-approach-to-campaign-financing-borrow-from-family-firm/article578922/. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  7. Declaration Of Results Of Voting Monday, October 25, 2010, Toronto City Clerk's Office
  8. Philip Preville, 'A sober assessment of Rob Ford’s shining achievements', Toronto Life (January 24, 2014)]
  9. "Ontario introduces TTC essential service bill". CTV News (Toronto, Ontario). February 22, 2011. http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-introduces-ttc-essential-service-bill-1.610828. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  10. "TTC essential service legislation passes". CBC News (Toronto, Ontario). March 30, 2011. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/03/30/ttc-essential-service682.html. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  11. Pom, Cindy (January 1, 2011). "Ford ends personal vehicle tax". 680News. http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/163876--ford-ends-personal-vehicle-tax. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  12. D'Mello, Colin (January 11, 2011). "Proposed 10 cent TTC fare hike cancelled". 680 News. http://www.680news.com/city-hall/article/167912--proposed-10-cent-ttc-fare-hike-cancelled. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  13. City of Toronto (January 16, 2013). "City Council approves 2013 Operating Budget and 2013 - 2022 Capital Budget and Plan". Press release. http://www.toronto.ca/budget2013/pdf/newsrelease_council.pdf. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  14. Rob Ford stripped of key powers in council vote, CBCNews, Toronto (Nov 15, 2013)

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