November 20, 1964 (59)
Doug Ford is a Canadian politician currently serving as the Premier of Ontario as of 2023, best recognized for his dynamic leadership role in the Progressive Conservative Party. Born in Etobicoke, Ontario, Ford has cultivated a distinguished career in the political realm, focusing predominantly on provincial politics, which continues to shape the social and economic landscape of Ontario.
Following a successful tenure in his family’s business, Deco Labels and Tags, Ford transitioned into politics, cementing his influential role within the Ontario municipal framework. His most notable political contribution was his tenure as the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2 (Etobicoke North) from 2010 to 2014. During this time, Ford actively campaigned for budget reduction measures and played a substantial role in advancing fiscal conservatism policies within the city’s administration.
Ford’s political journey has been notably shaped by various collaborations with influential individuals in the Canadian political scene. Among these notable collaborations is his work with his late brother, Rob Ford, during the latter’s tenure as the Mayor of Toronto. Additionally, Ford’s political career includes interactions with other figures such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, former Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Leader of the Opposition in Ontario Andrea Horwath, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Federal Conservative Party leaders Erin O’Toole and Andrew Scheer.
As for Ford’s recognitions, he was awarded the “Economic Development Minister of the Year” by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance in 2019. This distinction was given in light of his efforts to promote Ontario’s technology sector and to foster an environment conducive to innovation and economic growth in the province. Another notable achievement was his victory in the 2018 Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership election, an event which marked the start of his tenure as the Premier of Ontario.