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Doug Ford

Doug Ford Biography

Douglas Bruce Ford Jr. is a Canadian businessman and politician in Toronto, Ontario born November 20, 1964. Ford was Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North in Toronto from 2010 to 2014 at the same time that his brother, Rob Ford (1969–2016), was mayor of Toronto. Their father, Doug Ford Sr., was a Member of Provincial Parliament from 1995 to 1999 and founded Deco Labels and Tags, a printing business operating in Canada and the United States. The business is now owned by Doug Ford Jr., who has served as company president since 2002, and his brother, Randy.

Ford was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, one of four children of Ruth Diane (Campbell) and Doug Ford Sr. An investigative report by The Globe and Mail published in May 2013 alleged that Ford sold hashish at James Gardens for several years in the 1980s. A quarter pound allegedly cost between $400 and $425. Ford denied the allegations and said he planned to sue the newspaper for libel, but failed to do so.

Doug Ford Career

Ford is one of the owners of the Deco Labels and Tags business which was co-founded by his father. The company makes pressure-sensitive labels for plastic-wrapped grocery products at an estimated $100 million in annual sales. Ford, his mother and brother are directors of the company, which is managed by his brother Randy.

Starting in the 1990s, Ford became involved in the running of Deco Labels. In 2002, Ford became president of the company and was personally responsible for the company’s expansion into Chicago. Nearing his death, his father divided up the company leaving 40% to Doug Jr, 40% to Randy and 20% to Rob. In 2008, Doug Jr launched the purchase of Wise Tag and Label in New Jersey. Since that time, the company has struggled. After the recession of 2008, in 2009–2010, the company lost $1.1 million, but the Chicago division rebounded while the Toronto division’s business has declined. Ford fired the manager of Wise Tag, leading to a 2014 lawsuit which is still pending. The Toronto division has also struggled to deliver orders on time.