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Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford, photographed in his office at the family business in Etobicoke, Ont., in February, 2011.
Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford, photographed in his office at the family business in Etobicoke, Ont., in February, 2011.
(Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)

Three reasons why Doug Ford had to stay away from Ontario politics

In opting not to seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination for a seat in the legislature, Toronto councillor Doug Ford cited family loyalty: running the re-election campaign of his brother, scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford, is his priority for the next eight months, he says.

That may very well be true, but there are three other major reasons for the councillor to put his provincial ambitions on hold, at least for the moment.