Olivia Chow mulls bid for Toronto mayorship

Olivia Chow attends the tribute to her late husband, Jack Layton, at Nathan Phillips Square in...

Olivia Chow attends the tribute to her late husband, Jack Layton, at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on August 22, 2012. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

TORONTO - NDP MP Olivia Chow says she has been hearing from "more and more people" who are urging her to run for Toronto mayor in 2014 — and she's listening.

While the former Toronto councillor appears to have opened the door to the prospect of seeking the top City Hall job, Chow stressed she's now focused on her duties as an MP.

"My job is to make sure we have a vibrant, sustainable city where no one is left behind," she said. "That's why I am pushing hard to get our federal dollars invested back in our city."

Chow added she is frequently approached by residents about throwing her hat in the ring in the next municipal election.

"I'm listening to their concerns; I'm listening to the issues they raise," she said. "A lot of it is about a vibrant city; it is about a healthy city. It is about not having to wait so long for the buses and the streetcar. So I'm listening to what they say to me and I'll consider."

Chow — the widow of former federal NDP leader Jack Layton — has been a much-talked about left-wing mayoral contender in the 2014 election.

Asked directly if she's considering running for mayor, Chow stressed it was "several years away."

The city's next mayoral election is slated for October 2014.

Chow made the comments during a press conference where she urged Canada's Conservative government to implement a long-term infrastructure plan that is fair, accountable, transparent and non-partisan.

don.peat@sunmedia.ca


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