Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford both admitted to past pot smoking on Wednesday, with a jovial Ford adding that he’s smoked “a lot of it.”
After giving a speech outlining his political accomplishments at the Cambridge Club, Ford was questioned about past weed smoking when a reporter informed him that Premier Wynne admitted on Wednesday to lighting up decades ago.
“Oh yeah, I won’t deny that,” Ford said with a grin.
Ford was infamously charged with pot possession in 1999 in Florida, but the charge was later dropped.
Earlier Wednesday, Wynne was asked if, like Liberal counterpart Justin Trudeau, she’s ever smoked marijuana.
The premier said marijuana use is not a part of her life, but she admitted to experimenting with weed about 35 years ago, before she was elected to the provincial legislature.
Trudeau has said that marijuana should be regulated and legalized, but Wynne wouldn’t say whether she agrees with him, adding that there needs to be a discussion about the possible pros and cons first.
Last week, Trudeau admitted that he took a pull on a joint at a dinner party three years ago, while he was an MP.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said he has stayed away from the drug after seeing a U.S. Supreme Court nominee withdraw after it emerged he had smoked marijuana in college.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay says most Canadians expect their elected representatives to stick to the straight and narrow.