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Olivia Chow's bid to return to the Commons and 5 challenges she's facing
Former MP announced plans Tuesday to run for NDP
The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:27 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 28, 2015 5:53 PM ET
Olivia Chow, left, announced her return to federal politics with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Tuesday. Chow, a former MP who left last year in a failed bid to become mayor of Toronto, is running in the Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)
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Olivia Chow, who was an MP for eight years before resigning to make a failed bid for the Toronto mayoralty, plans to run for the NDP in the new riding of Spadina-Fort York.
Here are five things which could pose challenges for her as she tries to return to the House of Commons:
1. Adam Vaughan
Vaughan, Chow's chief opponent, is a left-leaning former city councillor who won her old seat in the Commons for the Liberals in a byelection. He is a well-known figure who champions a number of the same issues as Chow, including affordable housing, transit and child care. The similarities between the two could create a fierce battle at the ballot box, political observers say.
2. Riding redistribution
Chow's former riding of Trinity–Spadina disappeared in the last seat redistribution as Elections Canada carved new boundary lines. The new riding of Spadina–Fort York encompasses much of Toronto's downtown core, the waterfront and the harbour islands.
3. Mayoral loss
Chow's much-hyped bid for the mayor's job was a flop and she finished third in the race to replace Rob Ford. She entered the campaign amid high expectations, but never caught Conservative John Tory, the victor, and finished second to him even in areas represented by her old riding. Overall, she couldn't even overtake Ford's outspoken brother, Doug. However, she maintains that running for mayor was an "important thing to do."