Olivia Chow launches bid for Toronto mayor's chair

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

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

TORONTO -- Olivia Chow launched her mayoral campaign Thursday by accusing Mayor Rob Ford of failing at his job and touting her track record at City Hall.

The former Trinity-Spadina NDP MP promised to keep tax hikes in line with inflation.

"We need a new mayor," Chow told the packed crowd at a downtown church hall. "I am here to apply for the job."

Without saying his name, Chow took aim at Ford and his policies.

"He has failed to make the critical investments a city needs to stay competitive," she said.

"The current mayor is failing at his job."

Chow then made a subtle jab at Ford's ongoing crack cocaine scandal.

"He is no role model for my granddaughters. We deserve better," she said.


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