LISTEN: Chow Launches Campaign

Appears to be final contender to enter the race

Rob Ford is ``no role model'' and Toronto deserves better, Olivia Chow said Thursday after she became the latest high-profile candidate trying to unseat the scandal-plagued mayor.

Chow made no direct mention of Ford's admission that he smoked crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs while mayor, nor his videotaped booze-fuelled rants.

Instead, Chow called Ford's leadership ``disappointing,'' saying he had failed to make critical investments and create jobs, and only hinted at the other issues facing the mayor, who is the subject of an ongoing police investigation.
``The current mayor is failing at his job,'' Chow said. ``He is no role model for my granddaughters. We deserve better.''

A day after resigning as an NDP member of Parliament, Chow emphasized her humble beginnings and her family's hardworking immigrant story in her speech to a packed church in the inner city neighbourhood of St. James Town, where she grew up.

Chow, the wife of the late NDP icon Jack Layton and a former city councillor, says that she may have grown up poor, but she was served well by the city's public schools, hospitals, libraries and public transit.

``My life is proof that together we must put children and families at the heart of this wonderful city of ours,'' she said.

``Growing up, I learned to work hard and make every penny count, to save for rainy days and to invest wisely.''

Ford has said he's not concerned about the new high-profile candidate, saying his re-election support is strong despite the string of scandals he's faced over the past 10 months.

Chow's communications director Jamey Heath says Chow is the only "progressive'' contender among the crowded field of candidates.

She is already considered a front-runner and the only serious left-wing candidate in the crowded mayoral race that includes one-time provincial Progressive Conservative leader John Tory, city councillor Karen Stintz and infamous incumbent Ford.


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  1. Peter posted on 03/13/2014 09:09 AM
    She doesn't sound confident or organized.
    Also it is not a good sign when a person speaks with a lot of "um's" between their words. That is so annoying and not part of a good speaker.
    She should listen closely to one of Mayor Fords interviews.

    I do keep hearing "Spend, spend Olivia" in the media, so there probably is some truth to that, as her being a big time spender. She didn't refute it in the interview, in fact she said she will be spending.
    1. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 09:20 AM
      @Peter She had the courage to come on to Conservative Talk Radio given the first questions. Ford has not done the Moore in the Morning show because he can not answer simple yes or no questions...
      All of Ford's budgets have spent MORE than any of Miller's balanced budgets and are only balanced because Ford FAILED to eliminate the LTT
  2. Scrappy posted on 03/13/2014 09:33 AM
    The nepotism shown by this family is really something. They have passed down their knowledge of how to live, very well, off the public purse. They have made their living strictly off the labours of others but never really had to be accountable in the real world of business where the benefits are not just given.
    1. Dawn posted on 03/13/2014 09:48 AM
      @Scrappy Dear Scrappy; Chow was raised by a family new to the Country if you read her book. Getting elected is one thing. Being hired by your father like the brothers Ford is another! Incidentally, Doug inherited Rob's Ward 2 seat and has hinted another Ford may run...
  3. SojBee posted on 03/13/2014 10:01 AM
    Let me see, so olivia chow will:

    (1) Cancel the funded Scarborough-bloor line extension, because " the folks in scarborough need to be respected". Another Mayor, another wasted time and money cancelling a project ready to go.

    (2) Olivia will raise taxes (consistently) every single year, justified if it is at the rate of inflation. Well news for you NDP woman, I am not guaranteed a pay increase equal to inflation every year. Your tax policy is clearly NOT fair!

    (3) She will put children and family at the core of the city policies – in other words more social program fantasias she wants to fund; she is just not specific on them yet, if ever!

    One thing I will say, she certainly does not disappoint! Definitely DOES NOT have my vote!
    1. Walter posted on 03/13/2014 10:23 AM
      @SojBee I just caught the last part of the Moore show. I understood that she will cancel the B-D subway extension and switch to an LRT that does not run in traffic. Finally someone who understands that the best and most economical transit needs to be built.
      Elevating the Eglinton LRT through the Scarborough stretch (and connecting it to the SRT) is exactly the right solution and I am impressed that Chow came up with it. It saves $1B and still provides a transfer free ride Yonge with no interference with traffic.
    2. toronto grumpy voter posted on 03/13/2014 01:21 PM
      @SojBee If she even dares cancel the subway, she is out.....ROB FORD OF MAYOR 2ND TERM..
  4. Scott posted on 03/13/2014 10:10 AM
    more subsidised daycare...better breakfasts for kids...creating new jobs for young people
    the above talking points all boil down to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!
    As Peter posted.....extremely disorganized and lacking confi
    1. TORONTO GRUMPY VOTER posted on 03/13/2014 01:22 PM
      @Scott The jobs and businesses are not coming back to Toronto due to HIGHEST BUSINESS TAXES IN ONTARIO. She is lying and she should stop lying about job in Toronto ..SHE IS PART OF THE Problem of city of Toronto that saw a mass exodus of companies over the last 30 years..
  5. Mary posted on 03/13/2014 10:21 AM
    Another professional politician spouting empty platitudes. "I want to put children and families at the heart of our city." Gee Mrs. Layton, does this mean you want to do stuff for people? Wow, I thought most voters are looking for a candidate who's going to work for the betterment of the squirrels and pigeons in our city.

    Olivia Chow=YAWN
    1. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 10:52 AM
      @Mary Sadly your sarcasm is borne out by the left on council, which is why we have a serious racoon problem in the city. They take priority over humans.
  6. john posted on 03/13/2014 10:32 AM
    one thing is for sure chow chow is not getting my chow chow .
  7. GAP posted on 03/13/2014 10:35 AM
    Right now, if I had to vote, and my choices were John Tory or Olivia Chow, of the two, I'd vote for John Tory.

    I don't see a reason to vote for Olivia Chow when someone like John Tory is running. Just on the quality of the individual each is, John Tory wins my vote.

    Also, you can't run for mayor and NOT have a clear picture in your head of what you want to achieve and HOW...specially given the circumstances. Money is short, things are falling part , and many people have lost hope.

    And yet here is Olivia Chow vague, unclear, and doing the political song and dance. Such a turn off! If first impressions are important, then Olivia Chow has failed to make a good first impression. This morning, from her, at best, I heard mediocrity. It's note vote inspiring!

    Also, and this is more of a side observation, I thought she failed to relate to the people of Toronto. In fact I found her attempt to do so a bit insulting. Shoppers? That's her worst job? You want to relate to the people of Toronto? Try a factory job...the type that starts at 6am and finishes at 6pm. I think Shoppers opens at 10am, right? Lets not even touch poor family background. My parents had to donate blood to put food on the table.

    I'm sure I won't be the last to say this, but Chow Olivia... you don't get my vote.
    1. SojBee posted on 03/13/2014 10:57 AM
      @GAP I just hope that if need be, either Tory or Ford step aside to make sure a right leaning person stays Mayor! Chow is fiscally scary to me!
    2. Ted posted on 03/13/2014 12:31 PM
      @GAP A vote for Tory is a vote for Chow.

      Enjoy your new Mayor Chow fool.
  8. john posted on 03/13/2014 11:14 AM
    she is just like her husband full of shit . thats why the NDP never got in and never will .
  9. AdrianoC1981 posted on 03/13/2014 12:19 PM
    People people people, no need to get all flustered. It's as easy as ABC=Anyone But Chow. Olivia will definitely try to "Chow" down on our pocketbooks. Don't be distracted by her "sad story" of when she was the daughter to poor immigrant parents. This might be news to you Olivia, but the majority of citizens in Toronto yield from immigrant parents who work or worked very hard to keep their families afloat. A vote for Chow will just deflate their life preservers and send them under the water into the welfare system. We need a mayor who actually cares about his people.
  10. Fact Provider posted on 03/13/2014 12:58 PM
    On Ocxtober 27th, Toronto should say "Ciao to Olivia".
  11. Dean posted on 03/13/2014 01:15 PM
    Chow is NDP, through and through. That means that as an MP, this was her vision for any Canadian working an honest living:

    You go to work, you put in your time and you do your job to provide for your family. Before you can collect your paycheck, Olivia Chow slaps you across the face, steals your wallet, and buys every welfare recipient a new bong and every union stooge a nice steak dinner. Then she gives you back the scraps to try and take care of your own family.

    Have we seen ANYTHING to convince us she won't bring that sort of toxic, backward thinking to the role of Mayor? Of course not.

    It's as simple as A-B-C: Anyone But Chow.
    1. dama posted on 03/13/2014 03:05 PM
      @Dean You know in an election.. politician wil tel yu things that is pleasing to your ears.. and Olivia Chow is no different,, one of her key point is the "Children and Family deserves better" platform..

      so you are right that her being an NDP through and through .. you know that will urn out to be more social programs for children and families.. more day care, perhaps where are these money coming from?

      Is Olivia Chow going to bring back unions in garbage collection after the contract expires?

      Unions are probably happy that she is in for this race and will probably throw their support behind her. .. Adam Vaughan and Jack and those lefty councillors are rubbing their hands and praying that she wil be the next mayor and will get all those CHAIR positions .. TTC will go to Mike Layton..and Adam will get Economic Development from Michael Thompson..

      If I am Michael Thompson, I wil throw my support behind Rob Ford... lol
      that will never happen...
    2. Gary Taylor posted on 04/30/2014 05:38 PM
      @Dean Dean, that was fantastic! I could not have said it better myself. I have been a Ford supporter but if it looks like only Tory can stop her, I will switch my vote. Keep fighting the good fight my friend.
  12. Toronto Grumpy Taxpayer posted on 03/13/2014 01:16 PM
    Typical government NDP leech..Never had a real job in her life. Will have a total of 2 government pensions...Endorsed by the incompetent Liberal George Smitherman. I do not trust her or the NDP...I do not like her....and I fail to understand her accomplishments... I have lived in Toronto most of life and resent having a career politician like her.....(30 years) is too long. WE need new people in government and not the typical stale government politicians like Olivia Chow ....NO THANK YOU>
  13. Ken posted on 03/13/2014 01:34 PM
    ABC! ABC! ABC! ...Anyone But Chow!

    She has been sucking on the public teat for nearly 30 years! Her late husband sucked on the public teat for his entire socialist life! Her son-by-marriage is now sucking on the public teat! This family has no shame.

    Sucking on the public teat for nearly 30 years is not experience, it's simply a legal form of theft. This City, Province and Country need cumulative term limits for people! A maximum 10 years as an elected official - regardless of level of government! We need to rid the cockroach career teat suckers!

    Toronto. Give your heads a shake. A vote for Chow is a vote authorizing open rape of your wallet!
  14. dama posted on 03/13/2014 02:15 PM
    ``My life is proof that together we must put children and families at the heart of this wonderful city of ours,'' she said.

    I thought children and families polici belongs to the Federal and Provincial government? if there is no money transfer from the Federal and Provincial government, where is Toronto City Hall getting the money to dund such programs???

    Taxpayer.. .. that's where O Chow is going to get the money from?

    Her life is also proof that ONE must get subsidising housing with lower rent, isnt that what she got with Jack Layton?

    and is Rob Ford a good role model? of course not,., and wasn't Jack Layton caught in a massage parlour in Chinatown? Attacking Rob Ford will bring this to the forefront....
    1. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 03:56 PM
      @dama The City gets over 19.3% of it's Operating Budget from the Province and a mere 1.8% from the Feds. Fords opposed Nutrition Programs for children and questioned their value. Wouldn't you want children to concentrate in school instead of having rumbling stomachs?
      She and Jack paid MARKET RENT in a COOP to subsidize lower paying units. Chow is a better role model than a no good lying drug using drunk criminal mayor.
  15. Angry Bill posted on 03/13/2014 03:23 PM
    No, a vote for Tory isn't a vote for Chow, as someone above said. A vote for anyone but Tory is a vote for a continued, dysfunctional city government with mismanaged spending.

    Did I hear right when I heard that Chow intends to increase the size of government? You wanna increase socialist programs, this naturally comes with an increase in government size. Tory, on the other hand, has stated for several years that he hates bloated government. He would reduce it, if anything.

    So, you choose... a bigger, more bloated government, or a reduced, more efficient one. If you really have to think too hard about that, then go ahead and vote Chow.. because you definitely deserve the type of government she'll give you.
  16. jd posted on 03/13/2014 04:49 PM
    "Look at my track record" was repeated over and over by Olive. So what is that record? Olives po girl story is lame. Her real world work experience is negligible ie. waitress. I sure am not comfortable with her managing a multi billion dollar budget. She does not sound or appear confident or well versed in issues. Scarborough is going to get screwed again. This ghost created candidate can't speak or communicate at a level of english grammar one would expect of a Mayor of Toronto and considering how long she's lived in Canada one would have expected her to be more refined in english. Truly a pathetic launch to her campaign. She has no energy or excitement and if she was applying for a job in an interview I would determine she doesn't want the job. Not motivating and not ready for prime time. God help us all cause we're going to hear the same boring crap repeated over and over and over. I'm bored with her entry already.
    1. Sonny posted on 03/13/2014 06:47 PM
      @jd AT least she knows how to launch a campaign!
      Ford went with his brother to City Hall to bud in line then register his name. His personal issues are so bad that he couldn't go through the front door and got stuck in a freight elevator for 45 minutes and yet was late 1 hour as guess who paid quite a bit at the Economic Club of Canada heard him say the same BS as usual
  17. jd posted on 03/13/2014 04:58 PM
    I was reading Olives background on her website. It says she taught english as a second language to immigrants. Olive doesn't have a grasp of english herself particularly spoken. Just listen to the podcast it's pathetic. Olive needs ESL herself. Again!
    1. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 07:27 PM
      @jd She has no problem grasping at your money however.
  18. Frankie posted on 03/13/2014 05:07 PM
    Chow keeps mentioning she knows the value of a dollar. What she omits is she's referring to YOUR dollar, not her dollar.
    1. Dean posted on 03/13/2014 05:33 PM
      @Frankie All NDP programs are funding by a magical, bottomless source of finances called "Other People's Money."

      The closest thing to a plan that the NDP have are to tax and tax the middle class until they have to live like the lower class, so that the lower class can live like the ex-middle class and the union class can live like kings.

      I can't tell what's more frightening: The plan, or that they seem incapable of seeing that it's completely unsustainable.
  19. Jack posted on 03/13/2014 05:08 PM
    How did that Jackson 5 song go? "ABC, easy as 123, simple as do-re-mi..."

    The concept of "fiscal responsibility" is as foreign to an NDP politician as dry land is to a fish. So say it with me: Anyone-But-Chow! Anyone-But-Chow! Anyone-But-Chow!
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