Rob Ford willing to do drug test - if mayoral rivals do too

Mayor Rob Ford holds a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Etobicoke on Tuesday,...

Mayor Rob Ford holds a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Etobicoke on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford says he’ll be the first mayoral candidate to take a drug test — if all his rivals do it too.

Ford — who on Wednesday swore he’s still clean and sober — made the comments in the wake of mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson calling on everyone in the mayor’s race to submit to drug and alcohol tests and make the results public.

Thomson released the results of her test — taken Aug. 12 — showing she didn’t have any drugs in her system.

“I often get asked if I do drugs, and I wanted to assure all Toronto residents that I do not have any alcohol or addiction issues,” Thomson said in a statement. “I think it is important for the people of Toronto to know if their future mayor might have issues that could severely impact our public image as a world-class city.”

Ford — who has admitted to smoking crack cocaine and spent two months in rehab — said he’s open to doing a drug test.


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