Who is Dean French, Doug Ford's now-undisputed second-in-command? - 2019-01-16
Last week, news broke that Doug Ford's principal secretary, Jenni Byrne, would be leaving the premier's office for a position on the Ontario Energy Board. Byrne was Ford's most seasoned aide, with years of previous experience as a key organizer for Stephen Harper. In Ford's administration, she was a power broker. But she's not the only one with Ford's ear. In her absence, Dean French, Ford's chief of staff, will presumably become the second-most-powerful person at Queen's Park. Here's what you need to know about him.
He doesn't have a lot of experience in government
French's only previous high-profile job in government was back in 2000, when he was an aide to Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. French left shortly after Day jet-skied his way into a distant second-place finish in that fall's general election.