Olivia Chow: "NDP as Official Opposition"
In the most recent federal election, Olivia Chow successfully won her seat in downtown Toronto riding Trinity-Spadina; she alsoalso saw her party win an unprecedented number of seats, and became the Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian history. Ms. Chow will discusshow being the Official Opposition has affected NDP caucus dynamics and policy, andhow this has affected the NDP’s relationship to both the Conservative and Liberal Parties of Canada.
About Olivia Chow
Olivia Chow is the Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina and the Official Opposition Critic for Transport and Infrastructure.Olivia is spearheading the push for a National Transit Strategy to get Canadians the 21st-century transit they deserve. At the same time, Olivia is working to improve rail services for passengers and freight customers through initiatives like the Rail Customer Protection Act. Road and air safety are also focal points of her political work, pushing back against federal government inactivity and underfunding.Prior to her current role, Olivia was Immigration Critic and held the government to account by working for a fairer, more transparent immigration system that keeps Canada’s doors open for newcomers and refugees.
Olivia was also the Childcare Critic and advocated for a national childcare program and proper federal funding to tackle the lack of daycare spaces as her party’s childcare and youth critic. Olivia also introduced the Children’s Health & Nutrition Initiative which aims to provide healthy nutrition programs for all Canadians under the age of 18.Before Olivia was elected to the House of Commons in 2006, the Hong Kong-born community activist served as a Toronto City Councillor for three terms starting in 1991.She was elected after serving as the assistant to MP Dan Heap and working for refugee initiatives.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON