Olivia Chow denies lieutenant governor rumour

NDP MP Olivia Chow in the House of Commons in Ottawa. (Reuters)

NDP MP Olivia Chow in the House of Commons in Ottawa. (Reuters)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

TORONTO -- Olivia Chow was quick to deny a rumour Monday that she was offered the job as Ontario’s next lieutenant governor.

In what appears to be the latest sign that the NDP MP is gearing up to run for mayor of Toronto, Chow immediately shot down the rumour — reported by TVO’s Steve Paikin — that she might not challenge Mayor Rob Ford because Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered her the appointment.

According to Paikin, Harper had offered Chow the job ahead of the departure of current Lt.-Gov. David Onley. Paikin reported he put the rumour to Chow last week but she laughed it off and changed the subject.

“It seems the rumour mill is in full force this morning,” Chow tweeted on her Twitter account. “Let me be crystal clear, the reports of an LG offer are completely false.”

There has been a great deal of speculation about whether the Trinity-Spadina MP will run for mayor.


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