Posts Tagged ‘Doug Ford Sr.

Rob Ford says goodbye to Jim Flaherty

- April 10th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford paid tribute to Jim Flaherty at City Hall Thursday shortly after news of the former finance minister’s death broke.

Here is Ford’s complete speech:

“It is with profound regret that I’m speaking to the people today. In this time of great sadness, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to Jim’s wife Christine and to his sons Galen, John and Quinn. 

Jim will be remembered as a relentless fighter and a champion for the people.

He will deeply be missed by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him. 

Jim served in the provincial legislature with my late father, Doug Ford Sr., and was a close friend of the family for many, many years. 

I can never thank him enough for his friendship and his loyalty through the years.

He was an honourable man, husband, father and politician who dedicated his life to his family and to the Canadian public service. 

As the finance minister Jim had a stabilizing influence on the Canadian position in the international financial community.

He kept the country on track in the most difficult of financial times. Canada would not be where it is today without the efforts of Jim Flaherty. 

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a very special friend. 

We love you, Jim. We’ll miss you.

Weight-loss battles run in the Ford family

- May 29th, 2012

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Councillor Doug Ford shows off his pipes with Mayor Rob Ford in the NEWSTALK 1010 studios on Sunday (Michael Peake, Toronto Sun)

Weight-loss challenges are a Ford family tradition.

Councillor Doug Ford used to challenge his dad, Doug Ford Sr., to bulge battles periodically.

“I won $2,500 off him once,” Ford recalled Tuesday.

The two competed to see who could lose the most weight. When he took the $2,500 prize, Ford lost around 50 pounds.

As one Ford family friend tells the story, Ford’s mom Diane would often take Doug Sr. out for a restaurant meal if he was poised to beat Doug Jr. in the cutting the fat contest.

Ford said his dad, a former PC MPP, always blamed his mom for his weight-loss losses.

“It wasn’t her, it was him,” he laughed.

Councillor Ford is likely poised to win another family weight-loss contest in June – Mayor Rob Ford’s Cut the Waist campaign.

Although Mayor Ford admitted he’s off his diet and will try to lose weight in a more private format going forward, Councillor Ford says he’s still on track to meet his own weight-loss goal of 50 pounds by June 18.

The Etobicoke councillor has around 21 days to lose 18 pounds.

“I’m doing it,” Ford predicted.