July 3, 2013 3:56 pm
Updated: July 3, 2013 4:18 pm

Ford brothers pledge support for Doug Holyday to run in byelection


TORONTO – Rob and Doug Ford will be doing everything in their power to get Doug Holyday elected to the provincial legislature if he decides to run in a provincial election.

The deputy mayor told reporters at city hall Wednesday that he was thinking about running for the Progressive Conservative party in the upcoming August 1 byelection in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

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Premier Kathleen Wynne called five byelections Wednesday for August 1 to fill the vacancies of five Liberal MPPs who resigned.

Laurel Broten, one of five MPPs who recently resigned, won the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding handily in the 2011 election by over 9000 votes. ‘

And if he decides to run, he’ll have the support of the Ford brothers.

“Both the mayor and I are encouraging him to run because he can make a tremendous difference down at the province for the people of Toronto,” Councillor Doug Ford said.

Councillor Ford also backed off previous guarantees that he would run in a provincial election.

But he thinks that Holyday can bring the city’s message to Queens Park.

“Every decision we make here, we have to go to the province and I just think it would be beneficial for the people of Toronto if they had two strong representatives speaking for the people of Toronto because right now I don’t hear anyone speaking out for Toronto, for the subways in Scarborough.”

Mayor Rob Ford also threw his support behind Holyday and echoed his brother’s comments suggesting Holyday would be a vital member of the conservative team at Queen’s Park.

“I support the deputy mayor and I’m going to do everything in my power, if he decides to run, to get him elected and of course I don’t want to lose him but on the other hand I think he would be a huge asset for us at Queen’s park and help us deliver the message,” the mayor said.

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