Olivia Chow launches bid for Parliament, lauding NDP child-care plan
Former New Democrat MP Olivia Chow said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is the only person who can beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as she announced she's running once again in a downtown Toronto riding.
"I refuse to stand on the sideline while we can deliver change," Chow said Tuesday, pointing to the NDP's plan to provide one million affordable daycare spaces across the country.
"Tom Mulcair is the only leader that can defeat Stephen Harper," she said.
Chow is running for the NDP in the upcoming federal election in the same general downtown Toronto area she represented for years, although her former riding now has a new name and different boundaries.
Chow, the widow of onetime NDP leader Jack Layton, resigned her seat in Parliament in 2014 to run in Toronto's mayoral election, which she lost to John Tory. Now, she'll face off with former city councillor Adam Vaughan, who captured the Trinity–Spadina riding for the Liberal Party last summer.
That riding, which Chow represented for eight years, was redistributed and renamed Spadina—Fort York in the redrawing of Canada's electoral boundaries last year that will see the addition of 30 ridings in this election.
Spadina—Fort York encompasses much of the downtown core as well as the city's waterfront, a space that's seen a tremendous condo boom.