“I first met Rob Ford when I was 22 and running for City Council – two young people interested in municipal politics. We were connected through my Uncle Joe who was good friends with Rob’s dad, Doug Sr. Rob was encouraging, kind and supportive.
Rob Ford was passionate about people and public service. I always appreciated that he was unscripted and sincere. He responded to constituent phone calls like no other politician, and vigorously defended the taxpayer. Rob Ford redefined how municipal campaigns were run in the City of Toronto. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ford family during this difficult period.”