Olivia Chow on distilling hope from hardship


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Olivia Chow says she's "seriously considering" a bid to be Toronto's next mayor, a position a long way from the back of the classroom where she would hide as a child. The NDP MP says her family's immigration experience, her father's mental health challenges and domestic abuse at home not only shaped her politics but also informed her character.

In a candid and wide-ranging interview, the artist-turned-public servant speaks to Jian about her political future, but also previously unknown details of her personal life as chronicled in her new memoir, My Journey.

She explains how she drew from her past to cope with the loss of her husband -- the late NDP leader Jack Layton -- and how likely she is to challenge Rob Ford in Toronto's upcoming mayoral race.

"It doesn't matter where we came from or where we live - we all want a better future for our children, and that's my core belief, whether I was a school trustee, a councillor, or a member of parliament ... We don't have to be so negative to each other. We can connect," said Chow.

"As to whether I'll run [for mayor of Toronto] or not, when I make a decision I'll let you know ... I'm seriously considering it."

If you like this photo of Jian and Olivia, see more behind-the-scenes shots of previous guest at the Q Instagram page.

Jian-Olivia-Chow-620.jpg Jian and Olivia Chow pose post-chat in Studio Q (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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