Olivia Chow

Born Mar 24, 1957

Olivia Chow is a Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament and former city councillor in Toronto. She won the Trinity—Spadina riding for the New Democratic Party on January 23, 2006, becoming a member of the Canadian House of Commons. Most recently, she was re-elected in her riding for her third straight win. Chow is the widow of former NDP and Opposition Leader Jack Layton; they were married from 1988 until his death at their home in 2011.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on March 24, 1957.


1970 13 Years Old She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1970 at the age of 13 and lived in a high-rise unit in St. James Town, a neighbourhood in Toronto. … Read More


1979 22 Years Old In 1979, she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in fine art from the University of Guelph. … Read More
1985 28 Years Old Chow first became active in politics working with local NDP MP Dan Heap. With his support, she ran for school board trustee, and won in 1985.


1988 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Chow is the widow of former NDP and Opposition Leader Jack Layton; they were married from 1988 until his death from cancer in 2011. … Read More
1991 34 Years Old Popular on the school board, she was elected to Metropolitan Toronto Council in 1991 for the Downtown Ward in the riding of Trinity—Spadina. … Read More


1997 - 2003 2 More Events
2004 47 Years Old In 2004, Chow again won the Trinity—Spadina NDP nomination for the summer federal election, giving her another chance to unseat Tony Ianno of the Liberal Party. … Read More
2005 48 Years Old When the Liberal federal government was defeated on a motion of non-confidence, Chow resigned her city council seat of fourteen years on November 28, 2005 to make a third run at seat in the House of Commons. … Read More
2006 49 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2006 campaign, Mike Klander, an executive of the federal Liberal party's Ontario wing, made comments in his blog insinuating that Chow was a Chow Chow dog and said of her husband, " I just want to say that I think Jack Layton is an asshole " Layton denounced the comments about Chow as racist, and Klander apologized and resigned.


2007 50 Years Old In 2007, Chow sponsored a motion calling for Japan to apologise for forcing some 200,000 women to serve as wartime sex slaves. … Read More
2008 51 Years Old On June 3, 2008, Chow, "who originally brought in the motion," voted to implement a program which would "allow conscientious objectors to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations to remain in Canada " The motion gained international attention from the New York Times, Britain's BBC and the New Zealand press. … Read More
2009 52 Years Old This same motion, again re-introduced by Olivia Chow in the 40th Canadian Parliament, was again passed on March 30, 2009, with a vote of 129 - 125. … Read More
2011 54 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2011, she was re-elected in her riding for her third straight win.
Chow resigned her seat in parliament on March 12, 2014 in order to run in the 2014 Toronto mayoral election, where she placed third. … Read More
2015 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Following her loss in the municipal election, Chow was appointed to a three-year term, beginning March 1, 2015, as distinguished visiting professor in Ryerson University's Faculty of Arts, with a focus on community engagement and democratic participation. … Read More
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