REPORT: Olivia Chow to enter mayoral race this month

The Star reports Chow will announce her candidacy during the week of March 17

Before the end of the month, you will have another major player to consider for the job of Mayor of Toronto.

Olivia Chow is reportedly ready to enter the race and will do so, during the week of March 17.

That's according to the Toronto Star, that sites one of the MP's senior campaign organizers.

The source says Chow's campaign managers are John Laschinger who was also former mayor David Miller's campaign director in 2003 when he won the election, and Joe Cressy who was at the front of Chow's 2011 federal campaign.  

The report claims her campaign platform is ready to be rolled out on the same day the MP announces her candidacy.

Chow is currently the NDP MP for the riding of Trinity-Spadina. She would be joining John Tory, city councillor Karen Stintz and former city councillor David Soknacki who are all in the running.

Mayor Rob ford announced his intention to seek re-election, back in January.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/06/2014 06:53 AM
    The communists are coming!
    1. TAMARA posted on 03/06/2014 12:57 PM
      @Frankie Last thing we need in the city (and the country).
  2. Sonny posted on 03/06/2014 09:24 AM
    There are 36 mayoral candidates with the Media highlighting 4 Conservatives! Her candidacy will give voters another option.(smile)
    1. Jack posted on 03/06/2014 11:02 AM
      @Sonny Yeah, another option to bring home even LESS of their hard-earned pay to benefit their families. The only people who would benefit from a left-leaning mayor like Chow are welfare leeches and union goons.
    2. Sonny posted on 03/06/2014 11:20 AM
      @Jack You only pay about 6-8% of your income in property taxes! The Federal Cons are running their 7th year of Deficits while the Provincial Libs will be running Deficits to 2017/18
    3. AC posted on 03/06/2014 04:53 PM
      @Jack seniors services and child services might get some deserving help. I'm good with those programs. Yes! even those left leaning 3 yr old brats
    4. Benny8 posted on 03/06/2014 08:18 PM
      @AC Exactly what help do these seniors and children need that they're not getting now? If they're not getting the help they need now, why not? It can't be because of the current mayor. He lost control of the agenda ages ago.
  3. MG posted on 03/06/2014 09:29 AM
    God help you all. I'm getting as far away from the City as possible if she gets elected. You'll be paying taxes to breath downtown air soon!!!! I'll be sure to pray for you all...
    1. Sonny posted on 03/06/2014 09:38 AM
      @MG See ya! We'll be paying property taxes for City services. Under Ford; he cut services and staff while raising property taxes...
    2. MG posted on 03/06/2014 09:47 AM
      @Sonny You say that like you've won something. Congrats I guess! Enjoy the exodus of private sector jobs as well. I guess it won't matter since everyone will be employed by some government service or another. I'll be in a properly run city without all the Socialists and Communists tugging at my purse strings. Again congrats!!!!
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/06/2014 09:49 AM
      @MG Don't think you'd be so lucky. If she comes in, not only would she raise taxes in Toronto, but she would probably work with the Liberals in raising taxes province-wide to pay for stuff in Toronto.
      We may have to move out of the province if we are to escape her clutches. Or run a massive ABC campaign: "Anyone But Chow"
    4. Jim posted on 03/06/2014 10:07 AM
      @MG Say hello to Toronto's next Mayor. Thanks to John Tory splitting the right so badly Olivia Chow will win in a walk. It's bad enough that John can't win anything on his own, but to assure that the Left takes power back, hope you can live with that John.

      But it does speak volumes about Ms. Chow's motives. As an MP she made a commitment to the residents of her riding. But now that a bigger personal opportunity has come up she is prepared to turn her back on that commitment to improve her own position. So voter's in Toronto should ask, "If she'll abandon a commitment to run for Mayor will she abandon this job part way through if a better opportunity comes along?"
    5. enough! posted on 03/06/2014 10:18 AM
      @Sonny he also upped user fees for certain recreational city services effecting who? the lower class of course. the very people he is suppose to support the most
    6. Sonny posted on 03/06/2014 10:31 AM
      @enough! Ford/Stintz also cut TTC service/routes to cram riders in like sardines during rush hours while raising fares. The last 3 years property taxes went up 2.5%, 2.0% & 2.23% for 2014!
      It's time for the OPP to reign in Ford for fraud...
    7. mg posted on 03/06/2014 12:37 PM
      @Sonny @Sonny! You're hilarious. I'm sure the OPP will get to Ford as soon as they finish looking into the real crooks up at Queens Park! Ford stole what from the tax payers???? My list would be endless for what collectively McGuinity and Wynne stole! Again enjoy Chow Chow!!! Perhaps some more social housing for herself is in order....
    8. BjamesT posted on 03/06/2014 04:41 PM
      @Karl Burgin What evidence do you have that she would raise taxes? Where has she raised taxes before? Where is her platform?
  4. TC posted on 03/06/2014 09:47 AM
    so long Rob! thanks for the laughs
  5. Angry Bill posted on 03/06/2014 10:18 AM
    I agree with the folks shuddering at the thought of a socialist, communist running the city. Miller was bad enough.

    All you fools out there crowing about Chow getting in, and finally you have someone you can vote for. Out of all the rich countries in the world, and all the successful economies, just how many of those are socialist or communist?

    Yep, you got it. Nada. Zilch. Big, fat goose egg. So, go ahead and vote Chow in if you want. You think you have economic hardships now, just wait. You ain't seen nothing yet.

    And you dismiss Tory like he's a failure. Well, Tory isn't a failure. He doesn't NEED to run for mayor. He gets nothing out of it. He doesn't need the money. He doesn't need the power. He doesn't need fame, attention, or to stroke his ego. Well then, Angry Bill, why IS Tory running for mayor, you ask smugly.. Well, could it be, perhaps, that he might actually be RUNNING FOR THE RIGHT REASONS?? Wow, what a concept, eh! Someone who is running who actually wants to serve and give to society! A society that frankly doesn't deserve a man of his calibre running them. But he's offering himself up anyway.

    So if you don't vote him in this time, it certainly isn't John who's the failure. It's the loser voters with the IQ of a fart, who vote according to the last inaccurate headline they read.
    1. Frankie posted on 03/06/2014 10:20 AM
      @Angry Bill IQ of a fart - great line! That also describes the Ontario Liberal voters. A sorry bunch if we've ever seen one.
    2. enough posted on 03/06/2014 10:27 AM
      @Angry Bill you can put whatever labels you like on nations but consistently year after year after year socially responsible nations always fall in the the top category of having the most content population.
      it's always European nations like Denmark/Norway/Sweden 6-7 out of 10 every year. last year Canada i believe was 11th. the states was way down.
      people like to live a socially responsible society where they look after each other in their system.
      then you have the capitalist greed system where you have wage inequality the haves and have nots.
      you have the right to live how you want to live vote how you want to vote
    3. Angry Bill posted on 03/06/2014 10:58 AM
      @enough And you have the right to live with the consequences of your voting.

      Me, I don't want to live with the consequences of your voting.

      Capitalism Socialism is a continuum. No one country is at one extreme end or the other.. they all fall someone in between. Some closer to the capitalism end or the socialism end. You give the examples of the Nordic countries (which, incidentally, have very high tax rates... socialism is far from free). That only tells part of the story, and you need to look at what exactly they considered when they measured.

      Let me give you another example that didn't turn out as well as your Nordic countries. Look at France right now.

      France's economy has been stagnating for years, because state capitalism no longer works. Unemployment reaches new highs each month, factories are shut down daily. Youth unemployment is over 25%. High tax rate (including a 75% tax on the wealthy), and high corporate taxes. Anyway, you get the idea.

      Sure, socialism is warm and fuzzy.. but it costs. A lot. Look around you, are the people you see happy with forking over yet more of their hard-earned money to government? Really? I don't think so. You stop and ask anyone on the street, and they'll usually be spitting mad at what the government steals from them. They most definitely don't want to give them more.

      Understand that if you vote in any socialist/communist (not just Chow), this is exactly what you are voting for. You are voting for someone with a socialist agenda, that doesn't understand how one thing affects another. Sure, go ahead and raise the minimum wage to whatever you want. It won't have any impact on the cost of goods and services at all, right? No connection there!

      You can call them "labels" if you want, if that makes you more comfortable with distancing yourself from what they actually are.. but it is what they actually are. And if you aren't scared crapless by the thought of a socialist/communist running things, you should be.
    4. enough posted on 03/06/2014 11:30 AM
      @Angry Bill "And you have the right to live with the consequences of your voting" you say.
      Dont we know it here in Toronto the last 3 1/2 years. we've lived it breathed it smelled it. time to put it behind us.
      I will with my vote and you have every right to do the same how you please.
    5. Angry Bill posted on 03/06/2014 11:50 AM
      @enough As we did during the Miller years.. and we had to put up with 2 terms of that. You only had 1 term of Ford. I win! Don't worry, though.. I'm not a proponent of Ford, either.

      Regards, and look well to your ballot!
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 03/06/2014 01:10 PM
      @Angry Bill Well...technically 2/3 of Ford and one term of Norm Kelly.
      All thanks to your city council.

      BILL is right. All those who vote for Chow by any means necessary as " end to justify the means" in removing Ford, or preventing anyone else with half-a-brain, and an ounce of decency/common sense as mayor is seriously deluded.

      Remember ENOUGH, your willfully blind vote will not only jeopardize Toronto, but it will change the relationship with people who live in other municipalities around Toronto.

      Ontario will not survive with a corrupt government in the province's chair, and another that threatens to reside in the municipal seat.
    7. dama posted on 03/06/2014 03:03 PM
      @Karl Burgin So Chow is coming in.. good.. more the merrier but sge wil not win, my crystal told me that.. POLL are wrong all the time..

      Polling is like putting a dollar on Lotto Max, or throwing a dart..

      but what I know, is...

      if you think O Chow wil win.. my free financial advise to you is to buy stock in bi-cycle's manufacturer companies.. .. with her and her lefty councillors and "son" in Mike Layton,, Toronto is going to be like China.. more cyclists...
  6. Frankie posted on 03/06/2014 12:00 PM
    She'll probably reverse the privatization of garbage collection so that her mother won't be stressed about her garbage not being picked up at precisely 9:00 AM as she had complained when they went private.
    1. Jack posted on 03/06/2014 12:40 PM
      @Frankie She'd reverse EVERY sound financial policy that the city has implemented since Mayor Ford won the election. In the most literal sense of the word, Toronto cannot afford Mayor Chow.
    2. dama posted on 03/06/2014 04:26 PM
      @Frankie Can you see Adam Vaughn rubbing both his hands? He finally might get to be chair of a Commission.. probably TTC..

      Pam McConnell will be chair of Economic Development, there goes Michael Thompson..

      Shelly Carroll - budget chief.. again..

    3. BjamesT posted on 03/06/2014 04:42 PM
      @Jack "She'd reverse EVERY sound financial policy that the city has implemented since Mayor Ford won the election"

      So... none.
  7. john posted on 03/06/2014 12:35 PM
    if she gets in we will be right beside Detroit in the chapter 11 club . how faster it will take i am not sure but it will .
    1. sammy posted on 03/06/2014 01:06 PM
      @john ahh...good ol detroit. capitalism hard at work
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 03/06/2014 01:12 PM
      @john that point. Calgary will be the new Toronto. And Alberta will be the new Ontario.

      And Ontario now can wistfully look on, and wonder what the hell happened. And how the hell did we get here....

      That is a future I do not look forward to.
    3. Jack posted on 03/06/2014 01:36 PM
      @sammy You seem to be misinformed. Detroit is the end result of the "union utopia" that thugs like Sid Ryan are constantly talking about. The unions in Detroit just kept demanding more and more, and they just kept getting more and more powerful, and then whoops! They ran out of Other People's Money to fund their bloated salaries and the whole city went to hell.
    4. sammy posted on 03/06/2014 02:18 PM
      @Jack i think it's more about greed. corporate greed. outsourcing for more greed. banking financial greed.
      have we not learned from seeing 6 bankers almost take down a whole freakin nation? the richest on earth.
      who had to bail them out? the people of course. then the banks said thanks people you have no job cant pay. sorry taking your home
  8. arthur posted on 03/06/2014 01:20 PM
    i think it's about time we have different people of ethnic backgrounds running. Toronto being a very diverse city with many people of wonderful backgrounds. we have a large Asian group so good for them. The last few have been pasty azz manjacakes. time for change. good luck Olivia
    1. Jack posted on 03/06/2014 01:34 PM
      @arthur You do understand that voting for Chow specifically because she's Asian is every bit as stupid and harmful to the democratic process as voting for Don Andrews just because he's white?

      If you're basing your vote on a candidate's physical attributes rather than their policies, you don't deserve a ballot. Otherwise we may as well start letting toddlers vote, because they'll put about as much critical thought into the decision as you are.
    2. arthur posted on 03/06/2014 02:07 PM
      @Jack your first paragraph is your opinion!

      my point is good for her and the Asian and other ethnic groups of our city. i know she reaches out to the Portuguese/Italian and other communities. she makes herself visible to those groups and gets involved with their concerns. i'm not Asian but am from European background. She will do well. I'm also a fan of Tory and he's a cake. I'm not totally anti cake
  9. Benny8 posted on 03/06/2014 04:01 PM
    Why exactly does ethnic background matter? Are you saying, for example, that someone of Italian heritage needs a pothole filled differently than someone of Korean heritage? Do people with a Dutch background have different water purification needs than someone whose ancestors came from Chad? Do different ethnic groups have different transportation needs? The mayor only gets one vote and the mayor and council can only vote on matters affecting the city. People don't need someone to "reach out to them", whatever that means. They need someone with intelligence who can make the city run efficiently and effectively. Who cares what their ethnic background or gender is?
  10. JohnH_6636 posted on 03/06/2014 04:56 PM
    Many years ago her husband ran for Mayor against Police Services Board Chair June Rowlands and Susan Fish, who dropped out, after I campaigned for her, the day my dad died. I voted for Jack, but he lost. I since moved out of Toronto, though had voted for Miller and Ford as councilors in their ridings when I lived there. Chow may be the alternative candidate, but I suspect all will chime same tune for the DRL and never once consider Don Mills as being far too expensive to put it, with many turns, valleys and a massive Millwood bridge to rebuild to make it happen. Are we supposed to get off DVP at Eglinton and get back on at Bayview while that gets rebuilt? Logistics matter.
  11. dama posted on 03/06/2014 05:33 PM
    I think Olivia Chow is over rated, really what has she done by herself with out Jack Layton? Not a lot

    Even now as MP for the NDP federally, what have you read pertaining to her contribution? Not a lot too except for her book tour..

    Granted, she was ex Toronto councillor but being a mayor; one has to cater to all in GTA, Etobicote ; Scaberia, North York and then some, not just to a riding that she is popular with..

    the poll has given her too much credit.. the latest poll with her running is 31% and Rob Ford at 31% too and John Tory at 22%, so you wonder.. why John Tory is at 22% when he is being seen as the white knight !!

    I know it is still early, another 7 months to election.. but if thing stays at status quo
    Rob Ford might squeak in..
    1. Benny8 posted on 03/06/2014 08:10 PM
      @dama Between herself and Jack they haven't achieved anything of note. Layton's only claim to fame was that he managed to bring the NDP to second place nationally. That is a non-issue now as Trudeau Jr. and the Libs have taken over the spotlight from the NDP.

      It's good if Ms. Chow becomes the frontrunner now. Smitherman was the frontrunner last time and when Miller ran initially in 2003 it was Barbara Hall in first place. This early in the race the frontrunner has nowhere to go but down.
  12. Frankie posted on 03/07/2014 09:32 AM
    Echoing other comments that she has nothing to show for herself other than wife of Layton, who also didn't have much to show IMO, other than big jump in QC support.

    Let's not forget her living in subsidized housing until they got caught. John Moore today commented that many people think she's stupid, something many of us have also heard.

    So why would anyone vote for her?
    1. Sonny posted on 03/07/2014 10:17 AM
      @Frankie Chow has more Council experience than Ford. They paid market rent to be near the people they serve. There are councillors like Rob who lives in a house in Ward 4 that used to represent Ward 2.

      Many listeners will vote for her because they are not Conservatives OR living in the 905...
    2. Frankie posted on 03/07/2014 10:33 AM
      @Sonny Thank you for confirming what I've mentioned. She has more experience, meaning she may have been a councillor longer yet you've still said absolutely nothing about her achievements, likely because there are none.

      I live in 416 and Chow's politics are very scary. Plenty of failed states that tried communism and rampant socialism. There's a reason it doesn't work. I also believe unfettered capitalism doesn't either BTW, other than fiscal conservatism.

      As to living in housing, if they felt it was so right, why did they run away when it was exposed vs staying?
    3. Frankie posted on 03/07/2014 10:49 AM
      @Sonny Another point I forgot. The idea of more experience being better is similar to the concept of union seniority. Quality doesn't count, only quantity of time you're there.
    4. Sonny posted on 03/07/2014 11:32 AM
      @Frankie I answered your questions but I'll bite.
      Chow was on Lastman's Budget Committee and voted for Miller's first 3 balanced budgets. While Ford was an obstructionist that barked from the sidelines even as mayor in name for some reason.(quality?!)

      The New Democrats are NOT communist OR socialist.

      On the Feb. 13 byelection the NDs beat the PCs in Niagara Falls; right in Hudak's backyard...
    5. Frankie posted on 03/07/2014 11:45 AM
      @Sonny Miller was another disaster so having her on his budget committee is nothing to be boastful of. Any fool can balance a budget by increasing taxes to cover the wasteful St. Clair right-of-way, force contractors to pay public union wages, spend almost nothing of the $ 50 Million set aside for Gardiner repairs, and force the city to pay for Bombardier subway cars that were more expensive than competition.

      If you truly believe the NDP aren't at least socialist I'd suggest you're as naive as winter days are short.

      Not sure what your point is about NDP winning in Niagara, although not surprising as Hudak not a great leader
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