Olivia Chow hop­ing for come­back

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

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Olivia Chow plays with chil­dren fol­low­ing a press con­fer­ence where she an­nounced her re­turn to fed­eral pol­i­tics in Toronto Tues­day.

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