Doug Ford begins campaigning Saturday in Etobicoke

WATCH ABOVE: Doug Ford officially begins his Toronto mayoral campaign. Make no mistake, his younger brother Rob is still very much in the spotlight. The older ford says he plans to run on a similar platform. Antony Robart reports.

TORONTO – Rob Ford’s brother Doug has officially kicked off his campaign for Toronto mayor, greeting a throng of supporters with a message from his ailing sibling.

Doug Ford was met with chants of “we love you” by a few dozen supporters at his campaign office in for Saturday’s big launch.

And he brought word from his hospitalized brother, saying he just spoke to Rob Ford and that he thanks everyone in Toronto for their “overwhelming support.”

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Rob Ford remains in hospital receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer, prompting the controversial mayor to decide not to seek re-election – he’s instead running for a seat on council.

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Doug Ford announced he would enter the race earlier this month.

After delaying his campaign launch and making several visits to his brother in hospital, Doug set things rolling with a campaign-HQ speech promising to “get out there and meet the people.”

Doug Ford has said he’s looking forward to his first mayoral debate on Tuesday, where he’s expected to face off against former MP Olivia Chow and provincial Conservative leader John Tory.

He says he’s been debating for four years down at city hall with a lot tougher people.

Rob Ford is running for a seat on city council instead of the mayor’s chair, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to actively campaign.

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