Olivia Chow (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)Some grumblings have emerged on Twitter over whether NDP MP Olivia Chow is using her parliamentary budget to help buoy her chances in the upcoming Toronto mayoral election.
It's no secret that Chow — a former Toronto City Councillor — is eyeing Rob Ford's chair.
While she hasn't announced her candidacy, some suspect that she made the decision to run months ago but is waiting for the opportune time to throw her hat into the ring. As early as last summer, for example, the Toronto Star reported that Chow had asked election veterans John Laschinger and Joe Cressy to manage her campaign.
Since then, Chow has — while earning her MP salary — consistently chided Ford, released and heavily promoted her autobiography and has used her position as the MP for Trinity-Spadina to promote Toronto issues.
While none of that is out of line, some of her critics, opponents and reporters are now taking to Twitter to question her MP mailouts paid for by Canadian taxpayers.Read More »from Critics question Olivia Chow's taxpayer-funded mailers ahead of possible mayoral bid