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