Doug Ford campaign adviser appointed to Washington trade post

A campaign adviser to Premier Doug Ford has been appointed as Ontario's trade representative to the United States.

Ian Todd will become Ontario trade representative next week, earn $350K

Premier Doug Ford has appointed former campaign adviser Ian Todd as Ontario's trade representative to the United States. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

A campaign adviser to Premier Doug Ford has been appointed as Ontario's trade representative to the United States.

Ian Todd will take on the post in Washington, D.C., on Monday, replacing former Liberal legislator Monique Smith who was removed from the job by Ford after his Progressive Conservatives won a majority government earlier this year.

Todd will make $350,000 a year — $75,000 more than Smith made in the role.

Ontario's trade representative promotes the province's interests in the United States, cross border trade and investment. Todd will also serve as a special adviser to the premier.

Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson defended Todd's salary, saying he will not be eligible for pension payments or for termination payments.

Wilson says the government has also ended contracts with legal advisers and consultants on the trade file that will save taxpayers $710,000 a year.