Former Ottawa MP and MPP John Baird on Ford transition team
Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford is getting ready to transition into the halls of power.
As Toronto affiliate NEWSTALK 1010 reports, two high-profile Ottawa political names are on Ford’s transition team.
BREAKING: Premier-designate Doug Ford announces his transition team, made up of the chair and co-chair of his leadership bid, an ex federal cabinet minister, a former hospital exec and Deco Labels staffer #onpoli pic.twitter.com/gjn8cwdAD7— NEWSTALK1010 (@NEWSTALK1010) June 8, 2018
Former Ottawa area MP and MPP John Baird, and Baird’s former Chief of Staff Chris Froggatt will help prepare Ford and his 75 Progressive Conservative MPPs form Ontario’s new government.
Froggatt will chair the transition team. He was also a part of Ford’s provincial campaign team.
Dean French, chair of the PC campaign and former PC party president, is also on the transition team and will become Ford’s Chief of Staff.
In his first press conference since winning Thursday’s election, Ford told reporters he plans to meet with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell Friday, and expects she will ask him to form the government.
Ford says he expects the transition to take 21 days.
His victory came on the eve of the G7 summit a province over, in La Malbaie, Quebec. Ford told reporters he has already spoken to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.
Ford says he will work with the Prime Minister to present a united front against the U.S. tariffs.
He also said he would keep all of his election promises, including ordering a third-party audit of the Province’s finances and repealing the Liberal sex-ed curriculum.
With files from NEWSTALK 1010.