Canada's Most Prominent Black Activist Has a Message for White Liberals - 2018-10-15
Doug Ford, considered a Canadian Donald Trump—or, if you prefer, "maple-glazed Trump"—by many progressive Canadians, is the brother of the late Rob Ford, Toronto's infamous former mayor, who once referred to himself as "the most racist guy around." (Admittedly, Rob was wasted when he said that.) This was one of countless invective-laden statements that surfaced during Rob Ford's scandal-ridden career. Now, his brother seems to be treading similar ground: In late September, Doug posed for a picture with his arm around Faith Goldy, a white supremacist running for mayor in Toronto, an image that immediately went viral.
"Many believe it was really Doug who was the mastermind of his brother's actions and agenda," Cole tells me as we sip juice at a café near the news-talk station where both the Ford brothers and Mayor Tory have hosted shows of their own.
Despite Rob Ford's racist, womanizing, wife-battering, homophobic, crack-smoking, booze-guzzling, and gangster- and prostitute-consorting ways, he remains an icon in Ford Nation, as the brothers refer to their largely suburban, working-class base; hence the tidal wave of support for Doug as premier (Rob Ford died in 2016). His party surged ahead in the polls when Doug stepped into the race after his party's original candidate was felled by a sex abuse scandal. The conservatives were even "impinging on what was a liberal fortress in Toronto," one pollster noted as the election heated up. "This is very unusual."