Olivia Chow 'seriously considering' Toronto mayoral run

New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Olivia Chow arrives at a caucus meeting on Parliament...

New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Olivia Chow arrives at a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Don Peat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

TORONTO - Olivia Chow is “seriously considering” a run for mayor of Toronto.

The Trinity-Spadina MP confirmed she hasn’t ruled out challenging Mayor Rob Ford in this year’s election but she isn’t ready to give a campaign the green light.

“I am seriously considering running for mayor, but I have not made a decision,” Chow said in a statement to the Toronto Sun on Thursday night. “I love Toronto. It’s where I grew up when I immigrated from Hong Kong, and it’s my home.”

Chow and several Toronto-area MPs held a press conference in Ottawa Thursday urging the federal government to ante up cash to help cover the city’s ice storm costs. Toronto city council has asked the federal and provincial governments to pitch in $57 million each to help cover the costs of last month’s ice storm and July’s massive rain storm.

“Throughout the ice storm, when our neighbours need help, we offered it,” Chow said in an e-mail statement to the Sun. “Now it’s time for Stephen Harper to do the same.

“All parties — Liberal, Conservative, NDP — should come together and do what it takes to protect Toronto taxpayers from costs beyond their control.”


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