Born in 1957, Olivia Chow was Jack Layton’s partner in life and his partner in politics. She arrived in Canada from Hong Kong as a young teenager, looking for possibilities. She would go on to become an icon herself — an icon both loved and often criticized. Olivia first made a name for herself in local politics: she was the first Asian woman elected to Toronto council, where she championed public transit and the rights of the homeless. In 2006, she joined Jack Layton as a member of parliament. When he died, she became a symbol of our grief: she was sad and stricken but she remained strong.
Now, Olivia continues the work she shared with Jack: a passion for people and political causes, and a dream for a better Canada.