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Who is Ford family political candidate Michael Ford?

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 23, 2014

michael fordFirst there was Rob, and then there was Doug, and now there's Michael Ford, the latest in Etobicoke's most famous family to express a desire to hold political office. Late last week, after several months of speculation, the youngest of the Ford clan to dabble in municipal politics filed the necessary papers to run in Ward 2, the area currently represented by his uncle, Doug.

What do we know about Michael Ford? Honestly, very little.

20-year-old Michael Ford is the child of Ennio Stirpe and Kathy Ford, the older sister of mayor Rob and councillor Doug. Ford graduated Richview CI in 2010 and is currently splitting his time between Humber College and Deco Labels and Tags, the Ford family business, where he's listed as an account executive.

Michael is also a counsellor at Camp Kandalore in the Algonquin Highlands and, according to Doug Ford, the holder of a pilot's license for light aircraft. On Facebook, a photo of Michael posing beside a floatplane was swapped for a more formal portrait shot once his candidacy was announced.

"He went out and got his pilot's license by the time he was 18," Doug told CP24. "He got the additional training to land on a lake. Speaking of that, I wouldn't even hop on the back of a bicycle with 99 percent of the councillors, not to mention in a plane. So he's a bright individual, he understands politics, and he has a pedigree of learning politics for 20 years of his life."

Michael has a 26-year-old step-sister, whose father, Michael Kiklas, Ennio Stirpe killed with a sawed-off shotgun in 1998. Michael's biological father served two thirds of a 13-year manslaughter sentence as a result of the shooting and, according to a 2012 Toronto Life feature, was convicted in Dec. 2011 of stabbing a girlfriend "so savagely she was blinded in one eye."

From what can be gleaned from his online presence (Michael didn't return our voicemail,) Ford shares his family's conservative political views. In answering a question about Dalton McGuinty's performance as Ontario premier on social media, he said "I hope he leaves Ontario and never comes back."

Michael Ford hasn't offered a political platform or taken part in any interviews. Doug Ford said his nephew wouldn't be speaking to reporters because the media was too biased.

As a Ward 2 candidate, he'll be running against 11 others (at time of publication,) including Andray Domise, a writer, financial planner, community organizer, and vocal critic of the incumbent Doug Ford.

Domise recently spoke out against a handgun ban proposed by Olivia Chow, calling it "dog-whistle" politics. He has also called out Rob Ford for his racist remarks.

Are you surprised to see Michael Ford enter politics?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Facebook

Discussion

42 Comments

Nope / July 23, 2014 at 12:21 am
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Do we need to know any more than he's 20 and his last name is Ford?
Davy Gravy / July 23, 2014 at 02:25 am
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He looks like a fine young gentleman who would never smoke crack. Or get all drunxed up and head back to the office to say stupid things to City Hall security and tourists. Or drive drunk. Or drive while reading. Or lend his car to someone else drunk. Or hang out with criminals. Or insult minorities. Or insult the LGBT community. Or insult everyone who lives, works and/or plays downtown.

So that's good, then.
Fords Are Frauds / July 23, 2014 at 05:21 am
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Great. Doug Ford says his nephew won't be talking to the media because they're bias. Sounds like he's starting off on the wrong foot just like all Fords have done. Obviously, Mikey isn't able to speak for himself and thus unfit to hold office.
JC / July 23, 2014 at 08:04 am
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Excellent background check. Plus he can land a plane on a lake. Obviously born to be mayor one day.
AV replying to a comment from Truth / July 23, 2014 at 08:13 am
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"WTF, 20, are you serious. He wouldn't know how to discern even the most simplest of facts."

Exactly, which means to me that Doug is going to be the puppeteer who gets to make all the decisions without taking any of the flack. Very Machiavellian
#FordMoreMikes / July 23, 2014 at 08:31 am
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Wait..what? Not "More"...the punk hasn't done a thing! So: #FordNothingAgain?
Chris / July 23, 2014 at 08:44 am
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Since he refuses to speak to media due to their bias, then maybe you guys shouldn't help promote his candidacy by giving him unnecessary publicity.

He clearly has nothing to offer more than his last name to the folks of Ward 2. Hopefully they finally realize that they deserve better than what the Fords have given them.
Jeez / July 23, 2014 at 08:46 am
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Why is this site so ford obsessed? We all know they are a bunch of monkeys but you guys don't run anything political other than for it's pretty frustrating! How about giving this kids opponent andrey some attention. This site really is about click bait and nothing more
notbelvedere / July 23, 2014 at 08:53 am
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once upon a time chicago had the rep as a city owned by a mobster family. with this young fat fuck the ford mafia can now wear this. wtf toronto?? kick these drug dealing bully boobs the hell out of city hall and stop making hogtown the laughingstock of late nite telly.
DirtyT / July 23, 2014 at 08:59 am
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I feel sorry for the kid.. His mother has been in the news a half dozen times (at least).. Everybody now knows his father is a murderer and a thug.. His uncle is a crack fiend (sorrry... EX-crack fiend) and now he wants to thrust himself into the spotlight??

If I were this kid I'd be thinking about laying low, and maybe changing my last name.. Not running for friggin' office.
richard head / July 23, 2014 at 09:14 am
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isn't he the one who told the media about
Rob beating up his good friend and thug Lisi??
He must be a real Ford since he is stupid
enough to have Doug as his big fat Ford mouthpiece
zhadu / July 23, 2014 at 09:15 am
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You left out the little detail that Michael legally changed his last name from Stirpe to Ford only in February 2014.
Lisa / July 23, 2014 at 09:32 am
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"...he has a pedigree of learning politics for 20 years of his life."

If my uncle was a doctor, would you trust me to perform surgery?
Mark / July 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
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On page 575 of the Ontario Gazetter from this past March, you'll see where he dropped the last name name "Stripe" to become "Micheal Douglas Ford".

I'm sure it has nothing to do with how his name would appear on the ballot.

http://files.ontariogovernment.ca/gazette_docs/gazette_march_8_ont06_028206.pdf
Not another Ford / July 23, 2014 at 09:39 am
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If he's serious about politics, he needs to change his name. The Ford name is now poison in Toronto. Oh wait. It's too late.
Don Corleoneford / July 23, 2014 at 09:44 am
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Please leave my godson, Michael "Knuckles" Stirpe-Ford alone. We'll go to the mattresses on this one. Watsammatter wit you? Shuttaup yo face!
EC / July 23, 2014 at 09:49 am
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THIS: "Michael has a 26-year-old step-sister, whose father, Michael Kiklas, Ennio Stirpe killed with a sawed-off shotgun in 1998." is an unbearably awkward sentence.
Mr.A / July 23, 2014 at 10:13 am
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Learning about politics from Rob & Doug Ford is like learning about tolerance from the Westboro Baptist Church.
Poopdawg / July 23, 2014 at 10:15 am
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This douche doesn't even have enough work experience to manage a yogurt stand. Let alone represent a ward with city staff and "earn" a $100,000/year salary. Fuck him and fuck his entitled, piece of shit family.
Jacob / July 23, 2014 at 10:17 am
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What a strange fucking family.
Why? replying to a comment from DirtyT / July 23, 2014 at 10:19 am
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His entire family, this kid included, have enabled Rob for years. They do it because the benefits of having connections far outweigh their father/husband/uncle/brother's health.

They weep for Rob into their millions, they pray for his soul as they're arranging private city work that benefits them, and they show immense concern for his well-being when they refuse media access and say it's the media's fault for the Ford name being kicked about in the mud.

But don't convince yourself that they actually give a shit. They don't. If they did, this would have been resolved in the 1980s.

Sarah replying to a comment from Not another Ford / July 23, 2014 at 10:21 am
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Sadly, he already changed his name - to 'Ford'. Before February it was 'Stirpe'.

I think this tells us everything we need to know about is candidacy.
Andrew / July 23, 2014 at 10:31 am
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The lack of a platform, the refusal to respond to media, and his inexperience just suggest to me this is the Ford family's attempt to inject another member into politics to hold onto and gain power and influence. How else can you divert multi-million dollar contracts to family business if there isn't someone on the inside?
Kate / July 23, 2014 at 10:32 am
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Correction - Ford has a half-sister named Jennifer Pressley whose father appears to be Kathy's first husband, not Kiklas.
wow planes / July 23, 2014 at 10:48 am
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Wow the fact that he can fly a plane makes him such a perfect political candidate...
Sounds like another rich kid trying to make his way into power through his family name (and the Fords aren't even close to all that great anyways)
Jason / July 23, 2014 at 11:19 am
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Honestly, I feel a lot of sympathy for this guy. His mom's an addict, his biological dad murdered his step dad, and he has to deal with all the Ford family drug/crime/politics drama. He's getting a lot of heat, mostly undeserved:
-Changing his name: if my dad was Ennio Stirpe I would also have changed my name.
-Being 20 years old: most 20 year olds would be better councillors than DoFo/Mammo/Rofo. I would take an involved and informed 20 y/o over a 50 y/o with 30 years on some unrelated job whose knowledge of city politics comes from talk radio and the Toronto Sun

That being said, he is clearly a Ford placeholder/puppet and I'd like to see more compelling candidates than him or Andray Domise, whose campaign seems to be based on being the voice of aggrieved black people. Other than expressing how the black community has been wounded by Olivia Chow's handgun ban announcement, I haven't seen anything approaching policy or platform from Andray.
THeo Lagakos / July 23, 2014 at 11:25 am
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As a first time candidate I would love the opportunity to talk to the media about the issues in Ward 2. Unfortunately the Fords with their circus act seem to get all the media attention. I hope those reading this and who live in Ward take time to look at all the candidates, our platforms and select wisely who they want to best represent them in office. You can read about my platform at TEAMTHEO.CA

Sincerely,

Theo Lagakos
Ward 2 Candidate
B replying to a comment from wow planes / July 23, 2014 at 11:29 am
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I know eh. A friend of mine started taking pilot lessons at age 16. You can tell they are really grasping straws to sell this kid. It's so obvious that they are bringing this kid in as a puppet. They probably would have had a better chance selling him as someone that has left the family to do things on his own.
Savannah / July 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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It doesn't take extraordinary smarts to get your pilot's license at 18 - it takes your family paying oodles of money so you can get the required number of flying hours in.
Arlo Mack / July 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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He changed his last name to "Ford"?

Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire.
iSkyscraper / July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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Seems to be about as (un)educated and (un)qualified as any prior Ford. Throw in half a (community) college degree and some (family) business experience and he's all set (to fail)!

Should be a great (non)representative of his ward, just like his (corrupt) uncles before him.
Grant / July 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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Was Kathy Ford not available or is she still an active addict?

Arlo Mack / July 23, 2014 at 01:26 pm
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This would make a great book or movie but you would have to relocate it to somewhere in the rural Southern US if you want people to believe a story about 3 generations of an overindulgent family of rednecks trying to control local politics while partying with crackheads and hookers.
Cheezburger / July 23, 2014 at 01:49 pm
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"I can haz councilor job?"
Mikey Ford / July 23, 2014 at 05:06 pm
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I'm werkin reel hard at kamp. I promise to use crack on weekends only. Did you see the Thor movie? Cool, eh?
EDGK / July 23, 2014 at 05:42 pm
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A 20 year old who grew up in a branch of the Ford family, and who bears an uncanny resemblance to Alfred E. Newman of MAD magazine, is now running for Councillor. We don't know much about him other than the fact that he has a mother and a father who appear to be supremely unfit parents, that he has extremely manipulative uncles, and that he gets a paycheque from the family firm, perhaps in exchange for changing his surname from Stirpe to Ford. So he's a camp counsellor and has his private pilot's licence. Good to know he's not a complete waste of skin. Does any of this make him a credible candidate for City Councillor?
Of course not, but neither do the meagre accomplishments of dozens of other people who have registered their candidacy City-wide, but no one is singling them out for ridicule because their surname is not Ford.
I wish we would save our disparagement for Rob Ford and Doug Ford, who have earned our contempt. This kid has done nothing but exercise his democratic right to put forward his name as Councillor. My cat has a better chance of getting elected than Michael Ford does. But with all the burdens heaped upon him in his early life through no fault of his own, the fact that we know so little about him may mean that somehow he has avoided the whiff of scandal in which his relatives are bathed. Let us leave the poor kid in peace. I'm sure the process of going through a municipal campaign will be a learning experience for him. No need to subject him to additional misery on account of his unfortunate family connections.
Brent replying to a comment from EDGK / July 23, 2014 at 07:27 pm
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If he is running without education or experience, and without a statement or platform, Mikey Stirpe deserves MORE scrutiny not less. You were right when you said this kid's done nothing, yet feels entitled to represent Ward 2 on Toronto council.
Kathy Ford / July 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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He's adopted.
Kathy Ford / July 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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Oops! Sorry, Mikey, forgot to tell you.
Ford Trash Day October 27 / July 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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Throw Mikey "Nothing" Ford on the trash heap!
Pro-Ford Comment Trolls / August 13, 2014 at 08:33 pm
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U guy's should stop judgeing Him!!!! You dont know any thing about Micheal FORD, he might be nothing liek his amazing Dad and Uncle's!!!!! Except yeah right, HE IS AMAZEING and WE know it for sure. Just ask our Leader's joe warmingten and Sue Anne Levi. Rob Ford PROOVED that u can be the best Mayer this city has EVER HAD even if u r smokeing crack, even thgouh that was a LIE of the Toronto commienist RED STAR. Every one I talk too in Tim Hortens and Steak Queens allways says there's too many Libaries and WAY TO many socialists and Mickey FORD is going too clean up THIS city that Rob "FORD" allready cleaned UP! All the grafiti is GONE and the Scarbero Subway that he Built is AMAZEING so listen u Liar-Berals, FORD MORE YEARS for ford NATION for FORD MORE TIMES which is FORD TIMES FORD, I think that is 16!!!! Imagine if Smitherman won, he used DRUGS! So your wellcome Toronto.
Ward 2 resident / August 30, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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I live in ward 2 and will not be voting for Mickey Ford. I am definitely voting for Andray Domise. He will definitely be the right person to put this ward back on track. In talking to my neighbours no one will be voting for Ford. Everyone just has to get out and vote for Domise and we will start to see changes.

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