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Doug Ford

Doug Ford is a former Toronto councillor and the older brother of the late Rob Ford, the one-time mayor of Toronto. Ford most recently ran against former Ontario PC leader John Tory and former NDP MP Olivia Chow in a race to become the city’s mayor in 2014, finishing in second place. Ford had previously said he would run to become the city’s mayor again in 2018, but leaped at the opportunity to lead the Ontario PCs. He was the first person to enter the provincial race and so far, the only man to do so. Like his brother, Ford is all about saving money for the taxpayer. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Ford says he wants to get rid of the “nasty carbon tax,” adding he will be adopting 90 per cent of the party’s so-called “People’s Guarantee” platform, put forward by former leader Patrick Brown. The husband and father says he will be able to save money by identifying and eliminating wasteful government spending. When comparing himself to the other leadership candidates, Ford says he’s “the only person that’s actually run government before.” Ford says he intends to run as an MPP in Toronto’s Etobicoke North riding. Photo from Getty Images.

PHOTOS: Meet the Ontario PC leadership candidates

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks in Ontario politics.

The Ontario PC Party is in the midst of a leadership campaign mere months away from a provincial election.

Patrick Brown was supposed to square off against NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s premier.

However, Brown resigned as party leader hours after publicly denying allegations of sexual misconduct that were made by two unnamed women in a CTV News story published on Jan. 24.

Brown has said the “false” allegations are “categorically untrue.”

His resignation prompted the party to launch a new leadership race. The race attracted four candidates: Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen.

The four candidates debated provincial issues on TVO on Feb. 15. A second and final debate took place on Feb. 28.

The fight for leadership of the PC party marks one of the shortest political races in Ontario’s history. It’s also one with so much at stake.

After 15 years of the Liberals in power, winds of change may finally be sweeping through Canada’s most populous province.

Candidates were required to submit $100,000 each in fees and deposits and another $25,000 for access to the party’s membership list.

The new Ontario PC leader will be announced on March 10.