The Ford matriarch, who died this week, spilled the beans on the long term plan for her boys’ power play back in 2012.
The order of offices may be wrong, but I am sure that the mayorship and Premiership were all up for dealing between the boys and Tory.
From Maclean’s 2012
As for that political franchise, few knew that the Fords had a long-term game plan. John Tory discovered it in 2003, when he was running for mayor against David Miller. Advised that he ought to seek out the blessing of Ford’s father, who was then regarded as the reigning power broker in Etobicoke, Tory arranged a lunch date with the retired MPP. When he arrived, he found Doug Sr. waiting to size him up along with Diane and all three of their burly blond sons. After an hour of pleasant chatter, Diane Ford got to the point. She said, “Well, we think you’re a pretty good fellow and we’re going to support you for mayor,” Tory recalls. ‘You can serve for a couple of terms and then it’ll be Robbie’s turn.“