Chow takes swipe at returning Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow rallies her supporters at the Chestnut Conference Centre in...

Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow rallies her supporters at the Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto on Sunday, June 22, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Terry Davidson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is set to return next week to the 2014 mayoral campaign following a stint in drug rehab.

And a candidate many see as his polar opposite rallied supporters Sunday in preparation for the coming battle.

Former NDP MP Olivia Chow spoke to about 300 of her supporters at the Chestnut Conference Centre downtown, calling Ford too out-of-touch for a city as diverse as Toronto.

Chow said Toronto must leave the Ford “circus” in the past, but didn’t directly reference the drug and alcohol scandals that have been dogging Ford since May of last year. Ford took a leave of absence April 30 to enter rehab and is set to return to his position as mayor next Monday, June 30.


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