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Rob Ford
Rob Ford 2013 parade.jpg
Ford in 2013
64th Mayor of Toronto
In office
December 1, 2010 – November 30, 2014
Deputy Doug Holyday (2010–2013)
Norm Kelly (2013–2014)
Preceded by David Miller
Succeeded by John Tory
Toronto City Councillor
for Etobicoke North (Ward 2)
In office
December 1, 2014 – March 22, 2016
Preceded by Doug Ford, Jr.
Succeeded by Michael Ford[1]
Toronto City Councillor
for Etobicoke North (Ward 2)
In office
November 14, 2000 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Ward created; defeated Elizabeth Brown, who was incumbent of the previous ward, Rexdale Thistletown.
Succeeded by Doug Ford, Jr.
Personal details
Robert Bruce Ford

May 28, 1969(1969-05-28)
Etobicoke, Ontario
Died March 22, 2016(2016-03-22) (aged 46)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Independent (2000–2016) Note: municipal politicians in Ontario, including Toronto, run on a nonpartisan basis
Other political
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario[2]
Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s) Renata Brejniak
(m. 2000-2016, his death)
Children 2
Profession Politician

Robert Bruce "Rob" Ford (May 28, 1969 – March 22, 2016) was a Canadian politician and businessman. He was the sixty-fourth 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.

On September 10, 2014, Ford was taken to the Humble River Hospital in North York, Ontario, Canada. Ford suffered severe stomach pains for 3 months before. It was revealed that Ford suffered an abdominal tumor. After being rushed to the hospital, Ford announced he would not be running for Mayor, but for his old seat in the City Council. Ford's term as mayor ended when John Tory succeeded Ford as mayor on December 1, 2014.

On September 17, 2014, it was announced that Ford had liposarcoma.[3]

Ford served as a Toronto City Councillor for Etobicoke North (Ward 2) from December 1, 2014 until his death.

Early life

Rob Ford was born in Etobicoke, Ontario in 1969.[4] He is the youngest son of Doug Ford, Sr. (1933-2006)[4] and his wife Diane.[5] Ford attended the public Scarlett Heights high school in Etobicoke. There he played center for the school's football team.[5] Ford wanted to play professional football. His father treated him to summer football camps with the Washington Redskins and the University of Notre Dame.[5] 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.[6] Ford started a sales job after Carleton at Deco Labels and Tags, the family business.[7]

Political career

Ford served three terms as City Councillor from 2000 until October 2010. Ford was elected mayor in 2012 with 383,501 votes (47%).[8] 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.[9] 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 of the decision in January 2011. The Government of Ontario introduced the The Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act in February 2011[10] and it became law in March 2011.[11] 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.[12]

His first budget (2011) was balanced with no increase in taxes. A planned TTC hike was cancelled after Ford objected to it.[13] 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.[14] Before the 2014 budget, Ford's office staff was shrunk and his responsibilities and committee controls were reduced.[15]

In September 12, 2014, it was announced that Ford would not run for mayor because of health issues. He was succeeded by John Tory on December 1, 2014. Ford served as a Toronto City Councillor for Etobicoke North (Ward 2) from December 1, 2014 until his death.

Personal life

In 2000, Ford married Renata Brejniak. Ford lived with Renata, their daughter Stephanie and son Doug in Etobicoke.[4] After Doug Ford Sr.'s death in 2006, the Ford family retained ownership of the firm through the Doug Ford Holdings corporation.[16] Ford, along with his brothers and his mother were directors of the company.[16]

Health and death

A week after being hospitalized for an abdominal tumor, Ford was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a type of cancer.[3] In late 2015, the cancer spread to his bladder. In March 2016, staffers said that Ford's cancer was not responding to chemotherapy treatments.

On March 22, 2016, Ford died from the disease at a hospital in Toronto.[17] He was aged 46.[18]


  2. Gilbert, Richard (December 30, 2010). "When will Ford's honeymoon end?". Toronto Star: p. A23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Doctor says Toronto mayor Rob Ford has cancer". Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Toronto mayor, Rob Ford". City of Toronto. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Marci McDonald, 'The Incredible Shrinking Mayor', Toronto Life (May 2012)
  6. Rider, David (December 21, 2010). "Rob Ford's confusing university life". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  7. McDonald 2012, p. 43.
  8. Declaration Of Results Of Voting Monday, October 25, 2010, Toronto City Clerk's Office
  9. Philip Preville, 'A sober assessment of Rob Ford’s shining achievements', Toronto Life (January 24, 2014)
  10. "Ontario introduces TTC essential service bill". CTV News (Toronto, Ontario). February 22, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  11. "TTC essential service legislation passes". CBC News (Toronto, Ontario). March 30, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  12. Pom, Cindy (January 1, 2011). "Ford ends personal vehicle tax". 680News. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  13. D'Mello, Colin (January 11, 2011). "Proposed 10 cent TTC fare hike cancelled". 680 News. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  14. City of Toronto (January 16, 2013). "City Council approves 2013 Operating Budget and 2013 - 2022 Capital Budget and Plan". Press release. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  15. Rob Ford stripped of key powers in council vote, CBCNews, Toronto (Nov 15, 2013)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Lorinc, John (April 6, 2011). "Ford's unique approach to campaign financing: Borrow from family firm". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  17. Vendeville, Geoffrey (2016-03-21). "The former mayor's family is constantly by his side, brother Doug Ford says.". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781 . Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  18. "Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dies at 46". Retrieved 2016-03-22.

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