Election 2008: Chow vows to speak for cities, children, immigrants

Tuesday’s election winner in Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding hasn’t finished making promises to her constituents.

The Kool Haus nightclub on Queens Quay was bathed in orange as members of the New Democratic Party from three Toronto ridings, gathered to watch the results of the election roll in.

Olivia Chow, who secured about 40 per cent of the vote in Trinity-Spadina, spoke of her victory and the pillars on which it was built.

“We stood up for the values and principles that put people first,” she said. “You have my guarantee that we will never back down.”

A tight race between Chow and Christine Innes of the Liberal party, Tuesday evening finally swung to the NDP candidate. According to cbcnews.ca, Chow secured 22,442 votes to 20,967 for Innes, a margin of less than 5 per cent. Chow pointed to a number of key issues that she believed were critical to securing the vote in her riding.

“We have a vision that supports the city, that includes national childcare and a fair immigration system,” she said. “A system that gives every student access to affordable education…that is the vision that the people of Trinity-Spadina voted for tonight.”

Chow spoke for approximately three minutes to a cheering and boisterous crowd. She delivered a clear message as to her agenda in the future.

“It’s time to take back our country and put it on the path where everyone can prosper and no-one is left behind.”