Olivia Chow Announces Federal Run, Sets Matchup Against Adam Vaughan
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Olivia Chow Announces Federal Run, Sets Matchup Against Adam Vaughan

Former mayoral candidate confirms return to federal politics with a bid for Spadina-Fort York.

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She’s ba-ack.

This morning, Olivia Chow confirmed suspicions of her planned return to federal politics, and announced official plans to accept the NDP nomination and run to be the Member of Parliament for the Spadina-Fort York riding. She’ll be facing off against former city councillor Adam Vaughan, who nabbed Trinity-Spadina for the Liberals in last summer’s byelection.

While Spadina-Fort York is one of 30 new ridings that will be included in the fall’s federal election, this particular riding will surely be one to watch in the weeks to come, and comes with a fair amount of personal history.

Vaughan won Chow’s former council seat in 2006 when he defeated her former assistant Helen Kennedy in a bitter matchup. Chow had left city council to become an MP. But when Chow ran for mayor in 2014, she resigned her seat, and Vaughan won it against Joe Cressy, Chow’s former campaign manager. Cressy now represents Ward 20 at city hall, which Vaughan and Chow used to represent.

Both candidates will likely make housing, transit, and childcare top issues in the left-wing riding. But because of realignment, the new riding will look different and include more of the growing southern part of the ward, such as Liberty Village, while the Annex, Kensington Market, and Seaton Village are no longer part of the riding. This shift could help Vaughan, who trailed Chow in a polled matchup last month.

With files from David Hains