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Mulcair thrilled as ex-NDP MP Olivia Chow tries for a comeback

Former MP says she’s running in the Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York


 
NDP MP Olivia Chow, wife of the late NDP leader Jack Layton, holds a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Oct.1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

NDP MP Olivia Chow, wife of the late NDP leader Jack Layton, holds a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Oct.1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

TORONTO – New Democrat stalwart Olivia Chow said Tuesday she wants to unseat the Liberal MP who won the byelection she forced last year in her failed bid to become mayor of Toronto.

With NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at her side, Chow announced her candidacy in the downtown riding by echoing the words of her late husband and party icon, Jack Layton.

“We have a chance to replace fear and division with hope and optimism,” Chow, 58, said at a child-care facility. “Change is only one election away.”

Showing a rare display of passion, she said she wanted back in federal politics because a national child-care program for which she has spent decades advocating was now within grasp.

“I refuse to stand on the sideline and watch the desperation of parents waiting for child care,” Chow said.

“We’re at a historic moment: We’re on the edge of forming a government that can finally deliver affordable child care to a million kids across Canada.”

The NDP under Mulcair has made a $15-a-day national program a key plank for the Oct. 19 election.

Mulcair, who has been on an eight-day “tour of change” in Ontario, expressed delight at his newest candidate. Chow, he said, was a “tireless champion” of Canada’s “most important city.”

“We couldn’t be happier and prouder to have Olivia Chow with us,” Mulcair said.

Spadina-Fort York is a new riding that takes in parts of Chow’s old riding, Trinity—Spadina, and Toronto Centre. Imposing 2011 election results on the new riding suggests the NDP would have won easily.

The career politician, who began as a school trustee 30 years ago, gave up her seat in the Commons to take on former mayor Rob Ford. She started out as a strong favourite but finished third after a lacklustre campaign.

Following her municipal defeat, she joined Ryerson University as a visiting professor in the Faculty of Arts in February. The university announced Tuesday it had granted her a leave of absence, and thanked her for her “enthusiastic contributions.”

Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, who replaced Chow in Trinity-Spadina, called her a “serial quitter.”

“Politics is more than about opportunity,” said Vaughan, a former TV reporter and city councillor. “I didn’t keep chasing a different job or new opportunity or new set of issues.”

Chow, however, refused to take the bait, saying her quarrel is with the Liberal party, not with Vaughan.

She was also unapologetic about having forced a byelection that cost taxpayers about $1 million, saying she answered a call from thousands of city residents.

“That’s what I did, and it was an important thing to do,” Chow said. “There was no doubt that Toronto definitely needed a new mayor.”

She also pledged to work for a national transit strategy and other NDP priorities.

“Canadians are ready for change,” Chow said. “After 10 long years of (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper, his plan just isn’t working. Tom Mulcair is the only leader that can defeat Stephen Harper.”

Officially, Chow must still contest the nomination but an NDP official said she was the only declared candidate and would get the formal nod Aug. 13.


 
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Mulcair thrilled as ex-NDP MP Olivia Chow tries for a comeback

  1. I’m glad to hear this….another casualty of Flora Syndrome….but she’s willing to try again.

      • You know of course she has already been a Toronto councillor and an MP?

  2. Funny thing about the MSM, Trudeau announces a star candidate, and I still think Eve would have been the better choice to take on Joe, but at least it was opened nomination and not a coronation, they go all Apo over his decision. Now that Chow is coronated back into the party, for some funny reason or other, their doesn’t happen to be any contenders, and the MSM are out writing love letters about her. I hope Rosie and Pnp on CBC go after her the same way they went after Eve, Oh I forgot CBC are in the bag for Thom, they never ask him(thom) tuff question, only fluff question about Harper. Hopefully Paul Wells will get to test Mulcair out at the debate, Wells, as much as he is not my favorite blogger, is very quick and astute when it comes to asking questions, he can catch you off guard, not like Steve Paikin, who just asked questions. Time for the consortium to remove Steve Paikin(who is a partisan) from being moderator at these debates, his sympathies like the CBC lie close with the dippers..

  3. Is she going to pay for the costs for the needless by-election she caused with her futile run for mayor?

    • Has anyone else paid for a by-election?

      • I believe everyone who resigned their seat in the midst of one parliament, forcing the need for a by-election, then ran again in the next parliament has. Do you know anyone who has followed Chow’s path who hasn’t paid for their by-election?

  4. I don’t know who wrote the article, but this section:

    “Showing a rare display of passion, she said she wanted back in federal politics because a national child-care program for which she has spent decades advocating was now within grasp.”

    Is frankly ridiculous. I watched the whole thing on the news, and though there are a lot of things you can say about Olivia Chow…Passion isn’t one of them. The look on her face, and the tone of her voice betrayed the reailty of why she is running…and Adam vaughn (another lefty kook) got it right.

    This is pure opportunism, which has been Chow’s modus operandi for her entire “career” which, like everything else, was built upon the reputation of her husband. This woman has been sucking on the public teat for her entire career….and she just sees a chance to make MP pay again now that another man (Tom Mulcair) has paved the way for her.

    If the NDP were lagging in the polls, you can be sure that Chow’s “passion” would remain firmly with the University that has been providing her with a free paycheck.

    she’s exactly the kind of politician that we don’t need…..but I do hope she runs very loudly, and very clearly. The more she opens her mouth, the more you see how foul this woman really is.

    • Chow has a facial paralysis James…..and has been both a councillor and an MP…on her own

      What’s with you today?

      • Nothing wrong with the James.

        I’d point out the hypocrisy in questioning a perceived personal attack with a clear personal attack, but everyone knows what you are all about Emily.

        • Yes, I point out the idiots. Like you

    • Do we need Harp to take another stint at the trough?

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