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INTERVIEW: Olivia Chow tells Torontonians to vote for 'hope'

Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow believes she has a chance of being elected mayor, despite the latest Forum Research poll that keeps her in third place.

According to the poll conducted on Monday, Tory has 43 per cent of support. Doug Ford is second with 29 per cent and Olivia Chow is close behind with 25 per cent of support.

In a live interview with 680News political affairs specialist John Stall on Wednesday morning, Chow said she doesn’t worry about polls, adding that some people make up their minds over the weekend.

“Polls have gone up and gone down, and sometimes it’s correct and other times it’s not. I’m getting really good response from people on the street,” Chow said.

Chow said she is discussing issues that are important to people, while the other two candidates are not, in particular child poverty in the city.

“No one else is talking about the importance of investing in people so that we can have a prosperous city where no one is left behind,” she said.

She also said it is important for “everyone to come together and build a city.”

When asked whether people should vote strategically to end the Ford era, she said it is “important to vote based on hope” to create a better future, rather than a “vote based on fear.”

“We can’t afford four more years of Ford/Tory policies … why replace a Tory with another Tory? We can do much better than that,” she added.

Listen to the full interview below:

Chow was the second of the three candidates who interviewed live on 680News this week ahead of Monday’s municipal election. John Tory was at 680News on Tuesday, and Doug Ford will be in the studio on Friday.

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Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow at the 680News studio at 680News on Oct. 22, 2014. 680NEWS/Michael Leach