How Doug Ford spends his days as Ontario's Premier - 2019-06-07
Doug Ford's favourite spot for power breakfasts is an unremarkable restaurant in an airport hotel. He makes meeting business leaders a priority, typically keeps his evenings open and travels outside the Toronto area about three times a month.
The Ontario Premier does not release itineraries detailing how he spends his days, but eight months of his calendars obtained by The Globe and Mail through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests provides a window into how he uses his time and who has his ear.
According to Mr. Ford's schedules, his formal work day typically begins just before 9 a.m. with a call-in briefing and ends by 5 p.m. In between, Mr. Ford usually has five to 10 appointments, including meetings, phone calls and events, and Question Period when the House is in session. On average, he has an evening engagement once a week and is on the road three times a month. Other than his daily briefing, about half of his Fridays have limited or no appointments. He has a few events on about half of his Saturdays and Sundays.