Olivia Chow creeped closer to saying she'll run for mayor of Toronto in 2014.
In an interview on CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Wednesday, Chow admitted she is "considering" a mayoralty bid.
The NDP MP has delicately avoided directly answering questions about throwing her hat in the ring to challenge Mayor Rob Ford in the next election.
Stroumboulopoulos raised the question during an interview about the new Jack Layton CBC movie with Chow and Sook-Yin Lee - who plays Layton's widow in the film.
"I love this city. I love to come home to Toronto but what I'm going to be doing I don't know yet. I'm listening to people's advice," Chow said - echoing the answer she gave when asked by the Sun back in November if she's mulling a run.
"There are a lot of issues we need to tackle (in Toronto) and I'll listen very carefully.
"Jack wanted to be mayor, maybe I want to be a mayor too but maybe not. Perhaps I won't be able to do it."
Stroumboulopoulos asked: "But you're open to it?"
"I am considering it," Chow admitted prompted applause from the show's studio audience.
Chow has consistently done well in polls about a hypothetical mayoralty race against Ford.
A Ford versus Chow race next year would give residents a stark choice between a right-wing incumbent and a left-wing challenger.
When Ford was facing the prospect of losing the mayor's chair due to a breach of the conflict of interest rules, Chow was talked about as a possible candidate in the likely ensuing byelection.
As that prospect loomed back in November, Councillor Doug Ford went on the attack against Chow warning she would bring back "tax-and-spend" policies to Toronto.
"Olivia Chow would make (former mayor) David Miller look like a fiscal conservative," Ford said.