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An Etobicoke-based, conservative, Rob Ford ally named Doug is running for a provincial seat

(Image: Christopher Drost)

No, not that Doug. Toronto deputy mayor Doug Holyday thrilled Progressive Conservatives yesterday by signing on to run in this summer’s Etobicoke-Lakeshore byelection. He’ll be facing off against fellow executive committee council member Peter Milczyn, who’s representing the Liberals. Although Holyday hasn’t actively campaigned in 15 years (last election, he took more than 70 per cent of the vote without spending a penny), the veteran councillor immediately issued a savvy opening salvo: he promised to forgo his council paycheck for the duration of the campaign, prompting Milczyn to follow suit a few hours later. He also has Rob Ford ready and waiting to start banging on doors on his behalf.