Olivia Chow still thinking about running for mayor
NDP MP Olivia Chow speaks during an interview with CP24 on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Chris Fox, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:57PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 24, 2013 3:04PM EDT
Olivia Chow says she continues to think about running for mayor of Toronto, but is nowhere near formally throwing her hat into the ring.
The NDP MP and transportation critic made the comment to CP24 during an interview Wednesday afternoon.
“I am thinking about that. Yes I am,” Chow told CP24 when asked about her possible city hall ambitions. “In the meantime, I am thinking about subways, streetcars, buses, fixing the Gardiner and renewing the sewage system so your basement doesn’t flood next time there is a storm.”
A former city councillor, Chow has been long rumoured as a possible candidate in the 2014 municipal election and has topped the list of possible contenders in a number of polls conducted in recent months.
Asked if she was laying the groundwork for a campaign Wednesday, Chow was coy.
“I am laying the groundwork to get some extra dollars back from federal government to Toronto,” she said. “As an MP that’s what I want to do, get some money back to Toronto.”
Candidates can’t officially register for the 2014 municipal election until January 2.
Others who have openly discussed entering the race include former Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader John Tory, TTC Chair Karen Stintz and Public Works Chair Denzil Minnan-Wong.
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