When Jack Layton died August 22 some wondered if his widow Olivia Chow would carry on the torch as NDP leader. Chow is putting that question to rest with the answer no, it's not a role she will take on.
The nation watched as Chow walked quietly behind her husband's hearse last week for his state funeral. They saw a woman who was strong and graceful. It was then that some began to ask f she would be the best to lead the NDP party.
Olivia Chow has served Toronto and Ontario for 15 years, currently as the MP for Toronto's Trinity-Spadina riding. Those in her riding know her to be very involved and a strong leader.
She is working on a public transit bill in the House of Commons while grieving the loss of her soul mate. She is taking the time to relax and reflect while not working.
Chow could be a good fit but she's not ready at this time to take on the role. She's known as a fighter when it comes to politics. She does have some shortcomings, one is the fact she is not fluent in French.
While Chow may not be the leader of the party she will be working to keep her and Jack's message alive and loud.
“Yeah, I’m sad. We’re sad,” Chow said reports The Toronto Star. “But let us not look behind us, let’s look forward. Look at what we can accomplish together to make sure that Jack’s voice is not silenced. I think that’s a good way to celebrate his life.”