Kicking off her mayoral campaign with a packed audience at a downtown church on Thursday, Olivia Chow vowed to overtake the current mayor who is “failing at his job.” A day after she chose to register for the election at City Hall, the former NDP MP delivered a powerful speech at the St. Simon-the-Apostle Church, i.e. a venue selected due to its significance to the St. Jamestown neighborhood where she grew up after migrating to Canada from Hong Kong.
Chow highlighted that her journey from inner city high-rises to the corridors of power in Ottawa, which struck emotional chords of the supportive crowd. Furthermore, Chow also shared about her family’s immigration experience and how it shaped her political viewpoint. She remembered how she wanted to buy hockey skates because there was “nothing more Canadian,” however she could not afford it and added that even though her family had little the city always provided public parks, libraries, skating rinks and quality transit.