Olivia Chow to bolster Yukon NDP campaign with Whitehorse visit

The Yukon NDP’s pre-election organizing will get a major boost at the end of July thanks to a visit by former Trinity—Spadina Member of Parliament Olivia Chow. The NDP stateswoman, currently a visiting professor at Ryerson University, will be in town to show her support for the Yukon NDP’s team of experienced candidates and to take part in the growing momentum surrounding the Yukon NDP’s pre-election work. A lifelong paddler, Chow is currently on her latest Yukon river expedition down the Firth River north of Old Crow ahead of her visit to Whitehorse.

“Olivia Chow is a respected voice when it comes to smart, collaborative approaches to reducing communities’ carbon footprints,” said Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson, noting Chow’s outreach to Yukon municipalities as part of her campaign to create a national transit strategy. “She recognizes that we need smart solutions to our energy challenges, and that our environment is also too important to risk on harmful projects like fracking.”

Chow is no stranger to campaigning: between 1985 and 2014, she was elected ten times by her constituents in downtown Toronto as a school board trustee, city councillor and Member of Parliament. During her weekend visit, Yukon NDP candidates will benefit from a special training session led by Chow; community members will have the chance to join her for a momentum dinner at Antoinette’s restaurant.

“We’re on the cusp of the most important Yukon election in over a decade: Yukoners are ready for change, and we are gearing up for the strongest Yukon NDP campaign ever,” said Yukon NDP president Allison Furniss. “Olivia Chow is a renowned organizer and has invaluable campaign experience. Our team of candidates looks forward to her mentorship.”