Chow skipped key MP business in final months in Ottawa

New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Olivia Chow speaks during Question Period in the House of...

New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Olivia Chow speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

David Akin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

OTTAWA - In the 2011 federal election, the haymaker that put Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the mat was thrown by NDP Leader Jack Layton in the English-language debate.

Turning to Ignatieff, Layton reminded the Liberal leader that he’d failed to show up for 70% of the votes in the House of Commons while he was leader.

“Canadians who don't show up for work don't expect to get promoted,” Layton said.

At that point, it was all over for Iggy.

Now, Layton’s widow, Olivia Chow, may also have to explain why she expects to be promoted from opposition MP to mayor of Canada’s biggest city when she, too, failed to show up for much of her key parliamentary assignment as vice-chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities.


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